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I want my dog back!


The Brave One 
(2007)

Or, Jodie Does Death Wish. C-grade exploitation with A-grade actors and director makes for a weird mix. 

Foster breathes enormous conviction into her role and Neil Jordan slums it as a director for hire, but mostly this is entertaining vigilante hokum, replete with a stupid ending (although I loved the "Give me back my dog!" line). 

It was critically mauled and I can see why, since one expects more from Foster/Jordan. Added to that, the Taxi Driver comparisons are pointless and inevitably detrimental. Anyone attempting to give it a serious textual or ethical appraisal is on a hiding to nothing.

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