Sunday, 30 March 2008

The Brave One - Jodie Foster

I finally watched this movie last night after having wanted to watch it since I first heard it was about to be released. It was interesting to watch the directors artistic ability in contrasting a subject that appears to be black and white to finally allowing for something else.

He sets the scene with a white woman dating a black man who are seriously planning to get married. They are both set upon by a group of thugs who film the proceedings who violently bash them both and kills her finance.

The movie proceeds with agonizing insight into the mind of the victim (Jodie Foster) who has to learn to live once again and who is frightened of going outside of her apartment once again. In fear she illegally buys a handgun and in a frightening scene discovers that indeed she has to use it to defend herself and shoots a white man in self defense after witnessing him murder a cashier in the supermarket.

Gradually her fear dissipates as she confronts the evil of the world and when confronted by some hoods on a train she calmly shoots them and then escapes the subway without being caught much to her surprise. She later forms a relationship with a black detective who is leading the investigation, who thinks that they are after a man and not a women.

Its interesting watching the plot unfold as the detective slowly realizes that the woman is the vigilante and tells her that he is dedicated to upholding the law, even if it means arresting those closest to him.
She receives a copy of the video that recorded her bashing and sends it to the detective who sees it. She finds those men and proceeds to hunt them down, calmly killing them with no remorse.
The detective races to her aid, and prevents her from shooting the last assailant and then with a twist hands her his gun telling her to use the gun that is legally able to shoot the man. He turns away as she does so.
He then says, to kill the vigilante she had to shoot him (The detective), wound him, graze him, hurt him so that he could say he fired in self defense, killing the man himself - which she does. In doing so they lay the guilt of the vigilante onto the dead man. - Yet in a way he was guilty of causing her to become what she became and suffered the fate of death for his own sin.

While I'm not one to interpret movies with a gospel intent, one can draw this idea out of the movie, even if it was not the directors intention to do so.

The twist is to set her free from the guilt of her actions, he had to take a bullet for her.

This is exactly what Christ did for us, took the punishment for all our sins. And like the woman in this movie it is often our reaction to what others have done to us that make us sin the most, wanting to exact retribution.
The wages of sin is death, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and all will face him. The question to ask is, Will we face Him acknowledging that Christ took the bullet for us?

Yet this question is one that is black and white and has no shades of Grey and one that we will all have to answer one day - so why not answer it now?

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