The Brave One
New York City radio host Erica Bain decides to take the law into her own hands after losing her fiancé in a brutal Central Park attack. With a cop hot on her trail, Erica hunts down the assailants one by one, seeking her own brand of justice.
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- Neil Jordan
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 2008 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee: George Clooney
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby True HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; "I Walk the City" documentary.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this dark, mature revenge drama uses brutal violence and subjective images to play up its dire emotions. Within the first few minutes, a young couple is horribly attacked by a gang in a scene featuring hard hits and kicks, blood, and screaming. Subsequent violence includes loud and ferocious shooting, stabbing, beating, cars crashing, and a body that's been thrown from a high parking garage floor (viewers don't see the throw, but they see the body). Hospital scenes feature close-ups of bloody bodies and faces. There's some kissing, plus a sex scene (intercut with the violent attack) that shows bare breasts/nipples. Language is fierce, including multiple uses of "f--k."
- Sexual Content
- Flirty talk between loving couple ("What are you wearing?"); tender, passionate kiss. A brutal attack is intercut with a flashback to a sex scene -- which focuses on faces and close-ups of body parts, including nipples and hands on torsos. Slangy references to people and body parts ("dick," "that little whore," "t--ties").
- Brutal tunnel attack features fast editing and disturbing camerawork (sometimes using cell-phone video footage). The attack itself includes hitting, kicking, bodies being thrown against the tunnel wall, and bloody faces, limbs, and torsos. The subsequent hospital scenes feature frantic ER rushing, bloody clothes being cut off, and images of horrific injuries (including visuals of a woman shot in the head). Erica's post-attack face is a darkly bloody pulp. A cop asks a young girl if her stepfather "hurt" her mommy. Erica enters a gun shop, then buys a handgun illegally. Other very loud, bloody scenes include a man shooting a woman in the chest and Erica shooting him in neck (bottles smash, blood on the floor); Erica shooting two thieves on a subway; and Erica holding gun to pimp's head, then shooting him as he tries to run her over.
- Frequent uses of "f--k," plus "bitch," "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," and "hell." Erica calls herself a "super c--t." Other salty phrases ("rap sheet longer than my dick," "Christ on a cracker," "the show sucked," "prick").
- Social Behavior
- Criminals and thugs are everywhere, committing violent acts with guns, knives, and heavy boots. The hero is a vigilante, which raises lots of questions about justice and morality. A good cop pursues a wife-abuser who eludes legal punishment.
- In a convenience store scene, the majority of visibly labeled products are Coca-Cola brands (Sprite, Fanta, 7-Up, Dasani). Images of an iPod, with artists listed (Dixie Chicks, Radiohead, U2).
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Erica takes prescription pills; Mercer also takes pills (could be off-the-shelf painkillers -- hard to tell). Erica smokes cigarettes repeatedly. Mercer drinks in a bar. Erica tosses her cigarette and pills in the toilet. Reference to "crackheads."
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it