Monday, February 11, 2008

The brave one

One of the things I liked best about Neil Jordan's The Brave One is that it didn't require rape as the motivation for its protagonists revenge spree.

I do not mean to disparage rape-revenge movies, I think at the least Ms. 45 deserves to be included in the pantheon of great works of cinema, however at this point, I think there is generally a lack of creativity on the part of moviemakers, in which the reasons that women might act out violently has been limited to a response to one single kind of act.

It's nice to see that simplistic view of women and that lack of creativity both challenged.


Andrew James said...

Absolutely! The Brave One was one of the better films of last year and was totally misunderstood and unfairly panned by critics.

Foster's complexity in that film is without question one of the deepest and most interesting characters of 2007.

The end is particularly believable and totally strays from the Hollywood norm ending and gave me the emotional understanding of why revenge isn't worthwhile and not just telling me about it.

Neil Sarver said...

Thanks for sharing. I agree with most of that. It is too bad the movie wasn't received better than it was. It seems to almost be a problem for movies that try to expand genre styles beyond their supposed limits.

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