‘BRAZEN’: A NETFLIX THRILLER INSPIRED BY NORA ROBERTS’ NOVEL. Sam Page co-stars with Alyssa Milano in this adaptation. © Rissi JC

‘BRAZEN’: A NETFLIX THRILLER INSPIRED BY NORA ROBERTS’ NOVEL

January 18, 2022 2 Comments

With price hikes last year, Netflix promised the extra cost would mean more new content, and this year, they plan to raise prices again, for who knows why. One of the films that released with that batch of new content is Brazen. Based on a novel, the film is decent, but also mediocre.

Brazen (2022) Netflix Film Review

Being a best-selling novelist is second nature for Grace Miller (Alyssa Milano). She’s practiced at the art of doing readings and crafting meticulous thriller novels. When her sometimes wayward sister (Emilie Ullerup) calls and asks for her help, Grace hops a plane home. Despite their rocky past and her sister’s trials, all Grace wants is for her to be ok and to know that she’ll be there for her. But her visit ends in tragedy when someone murders Kathleen.

Living right next door is Detective Ed Jackson (Sam Page). Given his new connection to Grace, Ed immediately tries to help the investigation little realizing how much involvement Grace will want, and the danger this could possibly put her in.

NETFLIX REVIEW | ‘RED NOTICE’ (2021) NETFLIX REVIEW: THE FUN KIND OF CAPER MOVIE WE NEED
‘BRAZEN’: A NETFLIX THRILLER INSPIRED BY NORA ROBERTS’ NOVEL #NETFLIXMOVIES #BRAZEN #SAMPAGE #MYSTERY #MYSTERYMOVIE #MOVIES Click To Tweet
‘BRAZEN’: A NETFLIX THRILLER INSPIRED BY NORA ROBERTS’ NOVEL. Sam Page co-stars with Alyssa Milano in this adaptation. © Rissi JC

If the headlines of other reviews are an indication (one describing this as “barely an episode of Castle”), no one seems to have really liked this. It has a 3.9 rating (of 10) also implying it’s no fan favorite. While I can understand some of this reservation, if you can put aside expectations of anything Oscar winning, Brazen is a good time.

I guess the outcome not long into the film, but the fact that we have another Nora Roberts adaptation is fun. Years ago, Lifetime adapted several of her films, and so seeing another one that could signal more is fun. Plus, believe it or not, I think this script actually gets the romance right. Is it overly “intense” or “passionate”? No. However I respect this. I like that the first meeting doesn’t let tension fuel it, yet there is some cute banter. The relationship also, comparatively, takes time before throwing the couple into intimacy. There’s tender moments beforehand, but nothing that is like most Roberts adaptations, and that EARNS points.

Additionally the cast is good. I have issues with one of them in particular based on personal statements, but I still think everyone plays their roles well. In particular it’s fun to see Sam Page here, a man familiar to Hallmark viewers. Speaking of Page, I wish the introduction to his character had a tiny bit more finesse, but I think the concept is good with a dash of fun. Perhaps not the smartest thriller, this is an entertaining one to say the least. It’s good and has enough mysterious tension to cause us to tense up a bit at the climax. Plus, if this paves the way for future streaming thrillers that, like this, are lighter, I’m open to this type of brand.

PINTEREST PIN – SAVE & SHARE


‘BRAZEN’: A NETFLIX THRILLER INSPIRED BY NORA ROBERTS’ NOVEL. Sam Page co-stars with Alyssa Milano in this adaptation. © Rissi JC

Content: nothing terrible however the film does open with a sex operator (in a dominatrix type bedroom set in leather, tight corset, etc.) playing to a camera for a client. We see 3-5 other scenes like this. None are overly graphic, but they are suggestive. A couple start to make out and remove clothing (shirts) before the shot cuts to a morning after and then lying together under a blanket. There may be some minor profanity, but nothing that abuses the TV-14 rating.

Photos: Netflix

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

All posts

2 Comments

  • […] TV FILM REVIEW | ‘BRAZEN’: A NETFLIX THRILLER INSPIRED BY NORA ROBERTS’ NOVEL […]

  • […] yet supremely entertaining. But approximately 3 months ago I watched the Nora Roberts adaptation of Brazen on […]

  • Leave a Reply

    (Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

    Bonjour and Welcome!

    Welcome | thank you for visiting and reading. if you like, you are invited to join our conversations and follow along – join us.  You’re most welcome.
    Read more about Finding Wonderland

    Finding Wonderland Elsewhere!

    Finding Wonderland in your Inbox!

    Subscribe! Have Finding Wonderland's new content sent to your inbox; sign up for our once (or twice) monthly round up of new content. If you'd like to have this newsletter sent to your inbox, you can enter your email address here. Please note, this does require a sign-up confirmation via email, and that email may be sent to a junk or spam folder.

    RSS Feed

    Enter your email address:

    Archives

    Disclosures

    Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, which means that if you click on a product link, I may receive (a small) compensation. This compensation comes at no additional cost to you.

    Rissi JC (RissiWrites.com) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    All written content (unless noted) is © Copyright Rissi JC and Finding Wonderland (RissiWrites.com).

    Categories

    ×
    %d bloggers like this: