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.


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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


Secondhand Lions (2003)

logoDirector: Tim McCanlies

Writer: Tim McCanlies (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Kyra Sedgwick, Nicky Katt, Josh Lucas, Michael O’Neill


Plot: A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.


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Verdict: Wonderful Coming of age tale


Story: Secondhand Lions starts by with Garth (Caine) and Hub (Duvall) flying their plane around the countryside before a grown up Walter (Lucas) receiving a phone call about this. Walter goes into flashback mode to when he was pre-teen boy (Osment), Walter gets left with Garth and Hub by his mother Mae (Sedgwick) while she chases her dreams. She does have an alternative motive because rumour is that they have a lot of money hidden away.

The ranch the men live on is filled with farm animals and constantly pestered by salesmen who each receive warning shots. Walter tries to learn more about his great uncles but they are very secretive, after Walter learns that his mother has actually lied about her location he is left with the men who keep him around because other relatives don’t like him there. Hub has a habit of sleep walking which gives Garth a chance to tell the stories to Walter about their journeys involving lost love and untold riches.

Between the parts of the story we learn about the bonding between the three as they continue to invest in random products including a second hand lion which becomes a part of the ranch. When the time finally comes for Walter to leave after he learns about his Uncle’s secret he is left wanting to stay with them, Garth and Hub also want him to stay because of the attachment they have got over the time. Walter gets his wish and stays with his Uncle’s to become his own success but he always wondered about the stories being true until the day they died.

Secondhand Lions puts us into a coming of age tale that is really something very simple to follow but also very effective. It shows that you don’t need something fantasy driven you just need to teach a kid how to live correctly, fight for what is right and believe in true love. A lot of these types of stories end up coming off a dark moment changing the life but this almost reverse the idea of the dark entry into the friendship turning into a blossoming realisation that you could achieve anything, if you believe. I did like how the tales are told to make you wonder what is true or not, but I didn’t like how the end is too obvious. (8/10)


Actor Review


Michael Caine: Garth the friendlier of the two brothers who tells the story about who they were as younger men. He is also the smarter of the two who knows when to let Hub do what he wants but also protect when needed. Michael gives a good performance showing that he will always have the mentoring side to his skills. (7/10)


Robert Duvall: Hub the tougher brother who was once known as a great warrior in Africa while trying to save his princess, now in his old age he is bitter to everyone who come near his life but he grows fond of Walter. Robert gives a good performance in a role that you could see a lot of conflict heroes feeling in their old age. (7/10)


Haley Joel Osment: Walter young boy who is dumped of at his estranged uncles house while his mother tries to follow a career, he finds out he has been abandoned there but the longer he spends there the more loved he feels for the first time in his life. Haley continued to show what a talented actor he was with his performance. (8/10)


Support Cast: Secondhand Lions has a supporting cast of travelling salesmen, family that keep pestering the Uncles and the people from the stories that are bought to life through the tales of Garth but adventures of Hub.


Director Review: Tim McCanlies – Tim gives us one of the best coming of age tales in recent years and one that will stick with you for years. (8/10)


Comedy: Secondhand Lions isn’t a full blown comedy it will have plenty of moments that will make you laugh, most because of Hub’s reaction to anything. (8/10)

Family: Secondhand Lions is one that the whole family could enjoy because it is told in a simple way and could easily be followed. (8/10)

Settings: Secondhand Lions creates to main settings the ranch where Walter grows up and the land that young Garth and Hub had their own adventure. They both work to show how far you can go in life. (9/10)

Suggestion: Secondhand Lions is one that I would suggest to anyone to watch this one. (Watch)


Best Part: Keeping the lion.

Worst Part: The new boyfriend.

Funniest Scene: The fight between Hub and some teenagers.


Believability: While the coming of age on the farm could well be true the story behind it isn’t. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: You might have a few by the end. (4/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $48 Million

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes


Overall: A coming of age tale that shows just how easy life can be when you are fighting for love, honour and respect.

Rating 83