Critics who pan “The Brave One” are simply wrong. Contrived? No. Boring? Absolutely not. Morally ambiguous? Sure, but who says that’s a bad thing?
One review calls it a “revenge fantasy,” and I think that’s an appropriate description of the genre. (Spoiler ahead, but not of the ending.)
Let me say first that I find Jodie Foster fairly unbelievable in romantic roles, so I was sort of relieved to know that her lover was going to die early on. But then, I couldn’t believe it, Terrence Howard became a possible love interest. And I bought it.
The film reminded me of “Unbreakable,” the very underrated movie by the overrated M. Night Shyamalan. It’s like a comic book movie set in the real world. Except it’s still a movie world, so let’s allow for some suspension of disbelief, shall we?
No, probably one could not shoot people in very public places and then walk calmly away without getting caught or noticed. And New York probably isn’t that senselessly violent. But what if it were and what if you could? Wouldn’t you kind of want to?
Honestly, there was only one thing I didn’t like about the movie, and that was the sex scene montage blended in with the hospital sequence. As described in this review.