Brave One, the - More Cowardly
| Jodie Foster is in grave danger of becoming the next Ashley Judd. That is if she keeps making these rather average woman-in-peril-gets-revenge movies.
The Brave One, despite its strong cast and director, is a stunningly average, pedestrian film that oversimplifies issues for the sake of melodrama, and disappointing melodrama at that. While not a bad film - it has just enough to get you through without boring you to tears - it is just not that interesting or original and not the kind of film that you’d expect from Jodie Foster. It’s all a little unbelievable both in terms of the way the plot gets from one scene to the next (does she really happen to pass by all that crime by accident?) and the motivations of the characters that always seem a bit too quick and convenient. She’s starting to do what Denzel did a few years ago, slip in to these easy, big pay check roles. Snap out of it Jodie. We all know you can do better than this.
Sure she’s fine in the movie. There are a few moments she even manages to rise above the simple material. However, most of the time she feels like she is just "riding it out," "phoning it in" or whatever lazy expression would fit. I shouldn’t try too hard in my review since the film makers weren’t trying too hard when making the film.
The Brave One might be somewhat entertaining, but there is nothing brave about this kind of film making. Brave film making would shock us more, disturb us, get under our skin and challenge our perceptions of the world. This is escapism. There is nothing wrong with that, it's just not that brave.