`Brave' But Bitter

Jodie Foster knocks off Big Apple bad guys in an overreaching vengeance fantasy

Review C

September 14, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Jodie Foster, who earned an Oscar nomination 32 years ago for playing a child prostitute in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, plays a more cultured character in The Brave One, an illegitimate heir to that incendiary mid-1970s masterpiece. Here she's a radio personality who reports poetically on the changing face of New York until her own face is beaten to a pulp.

Then the whole thing turns into trash with flash.

The Brave One (Warner Bros.) Starring Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard. Directed by Neil Jordan. Rated R. Time 122 minutes.

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