Rating: 3 out 0f 10
“Remember, the saddest thing in life is wasted talent. You could have all the talent in the world but if you don’t do the right thing, then nothing happens. But when you do right, guess what? Good things happen.” –Robert Deniro in “A Bronx Tale”-
This quote could have been talking about Jodie Foster when she chose the script for The Brave One. It’s a dumb, unrealistic, utterly preposterous film from Neil Jordan who is also way too talented for this crap. It revolves around a New York City radio talk show host who is about to be married when her and her fiancé get attacked by a group of thugs. They kill her fiancé and leave her for dead. This inspires her to buy a gun and go Charles Bronson on every thug she can find. Now, who in the fuck is going to believe that little Jodie Foster whose character has never fired a weapon all of a sudden becomes a killing specialist who not only shoots her victims accurately but also beats a man with a crowbar, jabs it into his skull, and throws him off the 2nd floor of a parking garage? Of course, there has to be a detective on her trail and he’s played by Terrence Howard. His character is not only almost meaningless in this script but it is written in a way that he seems to know it’s her very early in the film and does nothing about it. Why? I couldn’t make this up but he’s a fan of her radio show…. Are you fucking kidding me?!?! That’s all you need to know about this piece of shit. I would honestly give this film 1 except the performances are good. Jodie Foster is and always will be an amazing actress. But, c’mon, you’re just wasting your talent.