"The Brave One" The character: Erica Bain, a sophisticated New York radio talk-show host with a hunky doctor boyfriend (Naveen Andrews) The peril: Sort of a "Jodie does 'Death Wish.' " In Neil Jordan's gritty thriller, Erica finds her perfect world destroyed after she is mugged and badly injured -- her boyfriend is murdered in the attack -- by a group of thugs in Central Park. Not being able to cope with the world outside of her apartment, she fears everyone and everything, so much so that she buys a gun and begins to practice at a shooting range. One late evening at a convenience store, she ends up killing a robber to save the life of his intended victim. Erica finds herself becoming addicted to her new role as vigilante killer.
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