122 minutes, U.S.A.-Australia, 2007, Colour, 35mm

Working for Lethal Weapon producer Joel Silver as director-for-hire, Jordan turned this revenge thriller to his own uncompromising ends, following NYC radio personality Jodie Foster’s unsettling journey from battered and bruised crime victim to gun-toting urban vigilante.

An obvious companion piece to Angel, it leaves the audience to pass judgment on her increasingly extreme actions, and indeed their relevance for America’s on-going firearms debate. Terrence Howard almost out-shines his brilliant leading lady as the investigating cop trying to keep the faith, but no-one here will emerge morally unscathed. Visceral and disturbing, this could well be Jordan’s most under-rated film.

Showing as part of our Neil Jordan Retrospective which runs throughout May. His new film, Byzantium, opens on May 31st.

See our online exhibition of some of Neil Jordan’s substantial document collections held by the IFI Irish Film Archive.

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