Yesterday, 35mm Movie Projector detail, inside the recently refurbished Parkway Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
After dinner at the Tea House last night, Liz and I went to see The Brave One. I’ve always been a big Jodie Foster fan. She’s got charisma, isn’t afraid to tackle psychologically complex roles, and Liz and I both enjoy her intensely handsome good looks. This was a tough role. And I applaud her for taking it on.
I predict that most Americans won’t be able to stomach the underbelly truth of this film. Attendance numbers will drop. Because we live in a country that would rather pay to see the gratuitous violence of the Die Hard series, than skirt the stormy edges behind real violence in our own backyards.
This movie will make you think. And the chemistry between Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) and Sean Mercer (Terrence Howard, another favorite) is worth the price of admission.
New York City adds a fertile, heart thumping backdrop. But it’s the disturbing psychological thrust of the film that drives home a deeper truth we already know in our hearts – when it comes to integrity and morality, we don’t really know what we’d do…until an it-will-never-happen-to-me situation knocks the breath out of us and changes our lives forever.
The Brave One – Things To Look Out For
- Prolonged suspense
- Rugged good looks
- Understated sensuality (eye contact, voice, dialogue)
- Well-integrated score
- Increased heart rate
- Unexpected endings (in every situation)
- Changed definition of “community”
- Sideways glances as you walk out of the theater
- 2:02 hours of stomach tension. Prepare to be on edge.
- You’ll try to put yourself in the same situation. And wonder what you’d do.
-posted on red Ravine, Saturday, September 29th, 2007