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Summary: New York radio host Erica Bain has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores. But all of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public's attention, and the city is riveted by her anonymous exploits... (imdb)
One of the best revenge movies I've seen so far. The concept is so strong that there are probably tons and tons of problems with this movie that I'm not seeing, but maybe that's just a testament to how good Jodie Foster's performance is.
The vigilante genre is inherently politically incorrect, and as such, a tasteful, artsy director like Jordan never had a hope in hell of making a good movie out of this material.
As it stands, he expectedly pussyfoots around any fun that's to bad had at the center of this clichéd tale, and lends it a staunchly serious air of supposed ambiguity that's
simply yawn-inducing rather than intriguing.
Like Schmendrek mentions, I dig strong female protagonists; all the better if they're straight-up badasses. But, this is rife with flaws: an extremely contrived plot, a silly ending, and the most annoying use of Dutch angles since Battlefield Earth. I dig Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard, and there's some dramatic potential in a cop chasing a vigilante that happens to be a woman with whom romance is a possibility, but Jordan wastes a lot of that potential. Mediocre/sporadically entertaining.
Pretty mediocre. Some good things, some bad, they cancel each other out and you're left with an entertaining but forgettable movie. Some of the psychological elements were interesting but then some lines were really forced. Things happened way too conveniently. Plus, did Jodie Foster really say "Who's the bitch now?" Seriously? Pass or skip, it doesn't really matter.
I admire the intention and the craftsmanship, but I found it all to be too unnecessarily brutal, and that too many plot points hinged on conveniences, and luck; Principally, the whole relationship between Foster and Howard. Kudos to Terrence though, for rising well above the material...