In this British thriller, Sir Michael Caine plays Harry Brown, a modest, law-abiding widower who lives in a depressing council estate. When his best friend, Leonard, is murdered by a gang of thugs, Harry feels compelled to dispense his own brand of justice. As an ex-marine, he has the skills to do so, but his efforts bring him into conflict with the police force, including investigating officer DCI Frampton (Emily Mortimer).
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
Ever-watchable, Michael Caine enriches damn near everything he appears in, and he elevates this grim vigilante-fest from pretty darn good to essential viewing. Not for the squeamish, Harry Brown is chilling from its kinetic and brutal opening frames right through to the increasingly explosive violence inflicted by both Brown and the truly horrible council estate scumbags he pits himself against.
It’s not unfair to label Harry Brown a bit of a Death Wish knock-off (with a pinch of Gran Torino and Taxi Driver) but that would be overlooking a couple of important points. The first is the British setting and examination of kids there that, as in Eden Lake, are part of a hopeless generation spiralling out of control into violence and nihilism.
The other is, of course, Caine. His performance is riveting enough when the film begins, as Harry Brown, doting husband and pensioner, but the deaths of both his wife and then best pal allow him to dig deep into a reservoir of emotion and produce something particularly compelling. And then comes the revenge.
Never seeming an unlikely hero, despite his age, Caine proves an extremely competent vigilante and everything about the film is geared to make you cheer him on. Whether gun-toting pensioners are a real solution to Britain’s youth crime crisis, however, remains to be seen.
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Michael Caine, while showing a certain frailty that comes with age, demonstrates real strength. Not a strength in a physical sense, but keeping his cool and a perfect use of weapons, that makes him the great protagonist in this british drama.
Great movie. The subject matter doesn't lend itself to delivering pure happyness but that's real life and this is a thriller. It's an excellent movie so go to see Michael Caine at his best while you still can. A great performance that held my attention until the end and shows us what our communities must stand up to in a very real way. It's a shame we too seem to be leaving such messes to the English Dirty Harry Types to clean up. Excellent.
BY Philip-Moore superstar
Michael Caine plays Harry Brown a old man turned vigilante when his mate Len gets murdered. This is a powerful performance from an actor who shows age is no barrier. He showed all the young actors out there how you play great characters on screen. Caine shows vunerabilty and a real cool calm violent streak that makes stand up and take notice. This performance by Caine will be remembered for years to come