Tonight was blu-ray movie night at my house. My sister and her husband came over for dinner. Afterward, my brother-in-law and I went to Blockbuster to look over their pathetic selection of blu-ray movies. Going to my local Blockbuster makes me want to get a NetFlix membership but I hate the thought of a monthly payment. Anyway, it took us 45 minutes to find something. It was like going to a convenience store for a candy bar, but they have the grodiest selection ever and you just have to pick something because that’s what you came for. You say, why blu-ray? It’s because I spent a fortune on my Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD blu-ray player which, when paired with my 50″ Pioneer Elite PRO-FHD1 plasma display, cannot be beat for the home movie experience. As a result, I really don’t want to watch TV at your house. By the way, if you are going to invest in top-notch hardware, you must turn down the lights and watch Close Encounters in blu-ray. It is soooo visually stunning, though I am somewhat disappointed that, with all Sony did to blu-rayize the movie, they didn’t release it in 7.1 surround. Someday, we’ll talk about sound.
Well, Tim was the renter tonight and he selected The Brave One, starring Jodie Foster. This was in Blockbuster’s “new release” section. I hadn’t heard of it before tonight. We skipped over some other popular movie because of the “graphic nudity” warning in the R rating. Okay, that’s great, they warned us and we didn’t rent it. The Brave One, on the other hand, was rated R for “strong violence, language and some sexuality”. Maybe I’m naive, but I’m looking at the movie case thinking “violence - excellent, language - probably nothing worse than what Abbie hears at middle school” (meaning the “F” word every other sentence), and, here’s the kicker, “some sexuality - hmm… probably just a short non-explicit bedroom scene. After all this is a Jodie Foster movie for crying out loud”. Jodie, the quintessential tomboy from Disney days, and a respectable actress only since Silence of the Lambs, is no babe by any stretch of the imagination. So what director in his right mind would throw nudity or any blatant sexuality into a Jodie Foster scene?”. “Nothing to worry about.” Wrong!!!
Not too far into the movie, Jodie and her fiance get their dog stolen and the holy crap beat out of them by three mexican punks - fiance dies by the way (hope I didn’t ruin anything). So, the inevitable ER scene is flashing back to, Argghhh, (happier times?) her boob involved with a mouth (you figure it out), then back to the ER scene with a bloody boob. I have my wife, daughter, Tim, Kim and myself in my living room… everyone hollering their own exclamations of disbelief and horror. I’m yelling “don’t look” while trying to find the fast-forward button on my BDP-95FD remote. Why didn’t somebody put “nudity” on the package?! Why didn’t they put in big red letters “WARNING, STAY AWAY, THIS MOVIE SHOWS ONE OF JODIE FOSTER’S BOOBS!”? I’m telling you, this was a ghastly and awful scene. And, it seems like for the first half of the movie they kept flashing back to scenes of lesser levels of, nevertheless disgusting, intimacy between Jodie and her fiance, through which I just had to fast forward.
Otherwise, the movie was very satisfying in that Jodie’s character became a gun shooting, crowbar wielding, fearless, pissed-off, vigilante. Now that’s the Jodie Foster that I’ve grown to love and appreciate. The movie, in my humble opinion, had a very happy and satisfying ending. I won’t ever see this one again though. Also, I have to say that blu-ray just isn’t a necessary format for The Brave One. A regular DVD would do just fine, and how much definition do you really want when it comes to Jodie Foster’s boob? I’m kind of thinking now, it couldn’t have really been Jodie’s. It was probably a stunt-boob. That’s what I’ll tell myself.