Terrence Howard Weekend – The Brave One (2007)

brave oneDirector: Neil Jordan

Writer: Roderick Taylor, Bruce A Taylor, Cynthia Mort (Screenplay) Roderick Taylor, Bruce A Taylor (Story)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen

 

Plot: A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brooding Revenge Thriller

 

Story: The Brave One starts with our radio host Erica Bain (Foster) who loves and knowns the streets of New York, her fiancée David (Andrews) is a doctor and the two plan to get married as soon as possible. The two never seeing too much wrong in their day find themselves victims of a group of thugs who beat David to death and leave Erica fighting for her life.

Once Erica recovers she finds out the truth about what happened to David before having to face the questions from Detectives Mercer (Howard) & Vitale (Katt) as she remains haunted by the events of that night. Worried about her safety Erica purchases her own gun as she starts her own trail of vengeance against anyone who has wronged people as she cleans up the streets she learns that her killing isn’t having the desired affects she would desire.

The Brave One is a revenge thriller that plays into vigilante with revenge. The film follows the victim who doesn’t get the answers needed from the law so she takes it into her own hands. While this isn’t a direct revenge thriller our leading lady finds herself in the chance to kill or be killed before getting into the idea of cleaning up crime work. The film is slightly slow when it comes to getting into the action as it focuses on the effects on Erica dealing with what happened to her. It is a nice spin on what we have seen before but the final act is really exciting.

 

Actor Review

 

Jodie Foster: Erica Bain is the victim of a vicious attack from a group of thugs that leaves her fiancée dead and her fighting for her life. Once physically recovered she doesn’t recover mentally as she sets out on her own path of vengeance against the men responsible for her situation and the people leaving others in similar ones. Jodie is great in this role as we see her go through a large change through the film.erica

Terrence Howard: Detective Mercer is getting tired of all the criminals getting away crimes as he starts to praise the vigilante taking out the criminals as he tries to find legal loopholes. When he starts to become friends with Erica he hints at criminals as he looks to take down a powerful drug lord. Terrence is good in this supporting role as the worn out cop tired of the criminals.mercer

Nicky Katt: Detective Vitale is the partner for Mercer who never full seems as worn out by the legal side of police work as Mercer is. He treats it like a job and nothing more. Nicky is a basic supporting character not really offering much to the rest of the film.

Naveen Andrews: David Kirmani is the fiancée of Erica, he is a doctor and the two plan to be married, when the pair run into a group of thugs they both are left fighting for their lives where David takes the worst of the beatings as he is killed leaving Erica alone in the world. Naveen is good in this small supporting role that is pivotal to the outcome of this film.davd

Support Cast: The Brave One has a supporting cast that all end up being either side of the law as Erica goes on her clean up mission.

Director Review: Neil JordanNeil gives us a good brooding revenge thriller that keeps us on the edge without fully pulling us through.

 

Crime: The Brave One brings us into the world as a victim gets to witness the crimes and has to make the decision on how to act.

Thriller: The Brave One keeps us on the edge of as we wonder what Erica will get to up next.

Settings: The Brave One uses New York for the setting showing both the good and bad sides of the popular city.
Special Effects
: The Brave One uses great effects to show kills being involved.

Suggestion: The Brave One is on to try, if you want a well told revenge thriller this is great but if you are looking for a quick blood filled revenge thriller you will be disappointed. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Final Kill.

Worst Part: Slightly slow.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Act.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $70 Millions

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline: How many wrongs to make it right?

 

Overall: Slow moving thriller that really ends up packing the punches needed

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Byzantium (2012)

logoDirector: Neil Jordan

Writer: Moira Buffini (Screenplay) Moira Buffini (Play)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, Thure Lindhardt, Caleb Landry Jones

 

Plot: Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interview With a Vampire: Homework Edition

 

Story: Byzantium starts by Eleanor (Ronan) talking about how she can’t tell her story even though she spends time writing it over and over. Eleanor tells an elder gentleman the story about how she met Clara (Arterton) and that they are living together but Werner (Lindhardt) is hunting them down. As we continue through introduction we see how both kill their victims but have to leave because of the mess left behind.

New town and same problems Clara enters into the prostitution to try and make ends meet while Eleanor uses the desire to learn about people to help her express herself. After Clara meets Noel (Mays) the girls move into his bed and breakfast called Byzantium where he lets the girls stay. We learn about the code the girls follow to stay safe but Eleanor is desperate to tell people the truth.

We flashback to what happened to Clara 200 years ago we also learn the Eleanor is her daughter that she did in fact give up and we learn about how Ruthven (Miller) put Clara in the life she has now. When Eleanor makes friends with Frank (Jones) she starts to feel like she could open up to someone while we continue to Eleanor pick her victims who are on deaths door. Clara turns the bed and breakfast into a brothel knowing she can make plenty of money from it.

After Eleanor tells her story in the modern day we learn the conclusion of the original story of how the girls become vampires and why they have both been on the run. The past is about to catch up with them but can they out run it this time or will their time finally be up.

Byzantium really does feel like a modern take on the ‘Interview with a Vampire’ idea but puts it into a lost story that is in need of telling. It follows very similar ideas of being forced into the vampire life and also has one character who doesn’t want the story told. It all comes off very nicely and does make for a very solid addition to the vampire genre of films and could easily be enjoyed by the fans of those films too. It won’t go down heavy on blood which certain fans will expect in the vampire genre but it tells a better story of surviving with the curse. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Saoirse Ronan: Eleanor permanent 16 year old who craves the connection of other people and just wants to be able to tell her story to but when she meets a young man she could finally have found someone she could have forever. Saoirse does a good job in the role that showed her continues playing the teenage is good for here. (7/10)

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Gemma Arterton: Clara mother of Eleanor who works as many different things over the years to make ends meet, mostly prostitution but anything to protect them both from the people who are after them. Gemma does a good job here filling the role of determined minder over the long time span. (7/10)

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Jonny Lee Miller: Ruthven the man who put Clara in the situation she finds herself in taking her from quiet job into prostitution leading her to enter into the world they are in now. Jonny does solid job as the original person that leaves them where they are. (6/10)

 

Caleb Landry Jones: Frank the boy that ends up helping Eleanor open up about her story but ends up putting himself into a situation where he will be in the middle of the war between the girls and the brotherhood who hunt them down. Caleb does a good job in this role that opens up a potential romantic angle. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Byzantium has a support cast that tries to help the characters but also has people who are after them, they all mix nicely to make us want to see how it ends.

 

Director Review: Neil Jordan – Neil does a good job directing this modern day vampire classic. (7/10)

 

Horror: Byzantium has vampires but really isn’t much of a true horror films. (4/10)

Thriller: Byzantium does keep you guessing as you know that people are after them you just for to wait and see who. (8/10)

Settings: Byzantium uses the settings very nicely and even shows how the characters have been put into familiar location from the past. (8/10)

Suggestion: Byzantium is one to try I don’t think many casual fans will enjoy it but I do think it will appeal to fans of the vampire sub-genre. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The final twist is nice.

Worst Part: Does have slow spells.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Interview with a Vampire

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

Overall: This is a film that could end up going down as a favourite of some but it is too similar to Interview for my liking.

Rating 70