Film Preview: The Brave One (2007)

Trailers (Due to age, may no longer be available)

Posters (Due to age, may no longer be available)

Poster Rating: C+

Review: If it weren’t for the yellow tint (yellow is, after all, the color most associated with cowardice), the poster might be more appealing. If they are trying to use the color yellow as a counterpoint to the title The Brave One, then the decision to do so was a poor one. It’s hard to take a film seriously, especially one that proclaims itself serious in the trailer, that uses a clearly ironic style in its poster.

Trailer Rating: B-; B-

Review: On the one hand it has Jodie Foster in a strong role that could easily bear an Oscar-nominated performance. On the other, you have voice over that tells the person’s thoughts and prevents the audience from reading the expressions on faces. Either the film will succeed and bring Foster Oscar attention for the first time since Nell or it will go the way of Gothika and Freedomland or Foster’s own Panic Room or Flightplan.

This second trailer gives us very little that’s new and yields only a little bit more talking in some of the scenes. I’m still interested in seeing it, but I can’t say that the trailer is helping me in that desire.

Oscar Prospects:

The question is will the September release signify its weakness for the Oscars. Time, critics and box office will tell.

Release Date:

September 14, 2007

Page Revisions:

June 2, 2007 – Original
July 7, 2007 – New Poster
July 28, 2007 – Buy the Poster Enabled
August 18, 2007 – New Trailer

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