An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friends murder by doling out his own form of justice.
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It is a routine film about an old pensioner dusted off his old gunto revenge his old mate's brutal death.If you are interested in gritty social drama about troubled familiesliving in low-income housing estate in UK, watch Andrea Arnold'sRed Road or Fish Tank.The only redeeming value in this film is Michael Caine.
Yes the world is a horrible place and young criminals with guns rule the streets. Now if we all just gave the good ol' law-abiding people some more guns, then maybe we could get rid of the scum. I hate this film as much as I hated the Jodie Foster revenge-thriller "The One", cause it doesn't wanna tell a story about real people, it just wants to entertain and shock! And that just leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. The whole thing starts out pretty decent, but quickly turns totally absurd and unbelievable. Don't fool yourself and think this is a "real" movie - go get the horror/terrorfilm "Eden Lake" instead - at least that movie didn't pretend to be something it wasn't. The one star is for Michael Caine - he's always good no matter what they put him in.
This review is from: Harry Brown (DVD) I am a big fan of Michael Caine and was anxiously waiting for this film to arrive. I watched it the night it arrived (Kudos to Amazon for quick FREE shipping) and I was not dissapointed. I will not go into the films depiction of living in a high crime, high violence, low income area others have done it better than I can but having been raised in The South Bronx I can relate to it. I am facinated by Caine's portrayal of a man at the last years of his life and his slow subtle change from a peaceful man to the cold efficent killing Solder of his younger years and beyond. Watch the interveiw of Caine in the extra's and you will hear a man who was raised in that very same exact place and even though he has risen way above it still carries it in his heart and very much wants there to be a change in the system that made it.
Michael Caine is Harry Brown. He lives in a nasty council estate ruled by drug-dealing thugs. For the moment, he has other things on his mind. His beloved wife Kath is dying and it is questionable whether or not she is even aware of Harry's presence when he comes to visit her. Kath doesn't make it through the first reel.He has a single friend, Len, with whom he plays chess in a local, seedy pub. The toughs are starting to confront Len, to harass him and humiliate him. Harry tells him to go to the police. Len's already been to the police; it's time to stand up. He shows Harry his weapon--a bayonet that looks very nasty. Unfortunately, Len is old and outnumbered. Len doesn't make it out alive either.A detective comes to visit Harry, to inform him of Len's death and to console him. She looks at the photos in Harry's flat. Harry is a former Marine. Much-decorated. He served in Northern Ireland. Effectively.Harry is confronted by a heroin-addled mugger who puts his knife point below Harry's eyes. Suddenly the knife is in the mugger's chest.Harry goes to a pair of drug dealers to buy a gun. By the time he is finished he has three guns; the drug dealers are both dead; their marijuana farm is ablaze; a young girl that they have abused and exploited is taken to the hospital to recuperate.The police are swanning around, acting as if they are going to take out the drug dealers on the council estate; the kindly detective (and her sergeant) are caught in the middle. They're worried about an ex-Marine with a grudge and some heavy skills. I'll leave the delicious ending to the viewer, who can probably see where this is going.The film is very gritty, with ugly, explicit sex and violence. This is a serious revenge story and who better to carry it than Michael Caine? The lessons are all grim and the Britain that it depicts is a long way from the theme park Britain on the travel posters. While it is unrelievedly dark, there is justice at the end. Lots of it.
Daniel Barber's first full-length feature could, at a casual glance, beseen as a lazy way to fast-track him into the growing collection ofgreat UK film-makers such as Shane Meadows, Danny Boyle, ChristopherSmith, Neil Marshall, Guy Ritchie (YES, I said Guy Ritchie), MichaelWinterbottom and others. It's a crime movie, it's done with a measuredamount of gritty realism and it's got Michael Caine in it. So far soseen-it-all-before. But Harry Brown brings a bit more to the mix thanjust that.Michael Caine IS Harry Brown, an old man living on a rather dilapidatedcouncil estate, spending his time either visiting his ill wife, playingchess with his friend Leonard (David Bradley) or simply filling thelonely, bleak hours in between such little moments of pleasure while,around him, the local area is going to ruin thanks to local teenagersplaying with knives, guns and drugs and terrorising those who try toget on with their daily lives. When things happen that directly affectHarry he is then forced into making a decision he never thought hewould make . . . . . . and to start cleaning up the estate. But it'snot long before one good policewoman (Emily Mortimer) starts to suspectHarry's hand in the latest, bizarre events.Michael Caine is an icon, an untouchable living British legend who canget by simply by being Michael Caine nowadays. Which is why it's beenall the more impressive to see him put in damn fine performances inrecent years and his portrayal of Harry Brown is one of his very best.Vulnerable and weak one moment, tough and dangerous the next, it's allbelievable thanks to Caine's performance. It helps that he's surroundedby the likes of Emily Mortimer, Liam Cunningham, Sean Harris and agroup of young actors who all put in excellent acts, even while playingpeople you hope to never, ever meet in your life.The character motivation feels real enough, the twists and turns don'tleave you feeling cheated and the script stays truthful (sometimesdisturbingly so) within the environment created for the movie so that'sa success for writer Gary Young and director Daniel Barber that goesbeyond any that a mix of standard crime antics and flashes of stylecould have provided.The overall experience may be a little bit cold and bleak for someviewers but this is still a movie worth seeing, one that bothentertains and makes you wince while also raising a number of moralquestions as events move towards the climax.See this if you like: Eden Lake, Death Wish, Dead Man's Shoes.
This review is from: Harry Brown [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) I've always enjoyed Michael Caine since I was a kid and can't recall a performance I did not like. But this one left me with a totally new respect for his range as an actor.Unfortunately this movie did not get it's due here in the states. I can understand why US theatre owners would be reluctant to screen this due to some of graphic portions of the movie (this is no kid's movie so be warned), but I think it was the social and political content that really scared the distributors more than anything else. That is a shame, too many people were deprived of seeing Sir Michael's masterpiece of a performance.
Lots of violence so it is not for young kids. Well worth the watch to see howthings are just as messed up in jolly old England as in the USA. It is funny thatthe people never suspect government involvement when it comes to drug traffickingthus, the problem will never end.
Movie gives one a glimpse of the dark side of British society, a sidethat is mostly ignored.I am positive that there would be hundreds of Harry Browns out there,frustrated, alone and waiting for a chance - to change something beforethey die.Michael Caine as usual, is up-to his mark. Good dialogue delivery,composure and crude facial expressions. Its worth one watch and keeps you thinking about how one would behave,if he'she were in Harry Brown's position.The movie is all yours!. Go watch it! i give it a definite 7/10.
I can't deny the highly authentic and strong performances in this film,particularly that of Michael Caine. But I have to vouch against some ofthe reviews written for this film.Its typical how some have praised this film with anger and vitriol,venting furious rage at the 'declining state of our society' and the'ever growing youth crime' in this country. Well maybe that's what thefilm wanted, to want people to feel angry. The papers of course arespilling stories of rampant violent youth crime day after day. Even tothe point where the Sun labelled England "worse than New York in the80's". Only in the Sun eh? Wrong, you can thank the Daily Mail, TheMirror, News of the World and any other cheap tabloid to make us allbelieve in the sensationalistic viewpoint that with live in a countryoverrun with murderous chavs. Well I don't. And I bet other reviewersare just repeating what they see when they turn on Sky news eachmorning.There is crime always present, I am not naive. Violent crime has beenaround in Britain for decades stretching way back, gangs have alwaysbeen around, apathetic youth have always been around, it just comeswith a different face and attitude with each decade that passes that'sall. The way I see it, violent youths aren't getting worse, the papersare being more dramatic with it. Treating its viewers and readers likesaps and unable to report the stories without trying to tapping intoeither our greatest fears or our moral outrage, or worse, inflaming it.With so many people watching Harry Brown and other vigilante filmsalike, I'm finding it hard to see a positive review without someonegoing off about how they believe that this film truly represents theBritain of today as a whole or how they got off watching the evilhoodies get their comeuppance or ranting how the police are utterlyuseless. There are so much complications regarding the incessantbureaucracy within the police force and the courts, and so manycomplications regarding disillusioned youths, their families andupbringings and surroundings to turn them into the feral thugs theyare.... but hey, why bother trying to think why its like this when wecan watch a film that simply encourages and directs our hate on them bywatching a lonely, desperate old pensioner pump bullets in these kids?You might think I'm going off into a futile rant while thinking "itsjust a film, made for entertainment and nothing else". Well, it didn'tentertain me as so much as leave a sour taste on my mouth by the time Ileft the cinema by showing some of the nastiest character ever seen onscreen. Screenwriter Gary Young has really pulled off making theselowlife scum about as contemptible as you can get. Each scene is colourdrained and murky enough to give that real sense of bleak hopelessnessto flood over the audience. It doesn't so much give a sense of grittyrealism as so much as realism perceived by Prozac addicts. And as forthe whole "just a film" aspect, Harry Brown tries to be socialcommentary and is none too subtle about it either, making severalnegative characterisations at the police with their ambivalentbehaviour and blatant incompetence towards each situation portrayed inthe film - Emily Mortimer gives a truly flat, wet performance andCharles Creed Miles gives his copper such a common, vacant-minded rolethat even cynics of the law would be hardly convinced they're playingaccurate police officers.The plot structure of Harry Brown isn't original either. It really is acase of been-there-done-that that was seen in Death Wish and The BraveOne. You know, it starts with the innocent, quiet civilian who'sfriend/loved one is savagely murdered, mourns their loss, purchases aweapon for self defence, has their first kill an accidental act of saidself-defence, feels sickened/shocked by what they've done but discoverthey have an act for that sort of violence and continue to hunt andmurder thugs each night. You'd think that 35 years after Death Wishcame out these filmmakers might have wanted to think of something alittle more original? Although Harry Brown is different in that lightwhich Harry's mission is to personally hunt down the thugs who killedhis friend for revenge, the conclusion is inevitable, if not alsounbelievable. By throwing in a seemingly random, plot twist involvingthe relationship of the head thug Noel (Ben Drew) but also climaxingthe film in an enormous riot where the police face off against whatseems over a hundred psychotic hoodies (in ONE small council estate)the film by then is now just going way over the top in trying toconvince us that we are in a living hell. It also ends with avoice-over narrative of how the actions that happened in this film ledto a decrease in violent crime overall in the town as the camerafollows Harry Brown down in the underpass. Now it may not glorifyviolence in general due to the ugly way its portrayed here, but it doeshowever, not only glorify vigilantism and violent retribution but alsotries to justify it too. It is just completely morally bankrupt.But hey, at least its not as head-smackingly awful as the 2007 filmOutlaw, which is at least some small relief.One day hopefully we'll see a vigilante/revenge based film thataccurately portrays the REAL society we live in without the extremeperceptions created by sensationalist media (or better yet, make anexample of them and their clear influence on people across the nation)and actually nail down the roots of why some of the youths of today arevicious and heartless in the first place. Rather than resorting to ourinner fascist fantasies of just wanting to see them die.
Parts of big cities have seen a deterioration in the quality of lifethey once enjoyed. Harry Brown, a retired army man that served in theNorthern Ireland conflict, has seen his council estate building invadedby a group of young people dealing drugs in one of the underpasses ofthe complex where his flat is located. He is tending to his terminalsick wife, who is wasting away in a hospital. His only friend is Len,another old man who is terrified by what his life has become. The twofriends meet at the local pub where they lament on the conditions theyare living under.One night Harry witnesses as some of the youths beat up one man on thebuilding opposite, looking through his window, where no one bothers tointervene, even himself for fear the police will do nothing if theycomplain. His wife's death affects him more than he imagined. But whenhis friend Leonard is savagely beaten up and killed in the tunnel, hecannot sit idly by anymore.The police investigating the crime come to see him. D.I. Alice Framptonand her associate come to get whatever they can from Harry, withoutmuch success, for Harry has decided to go after the criminals that tookhis friend's life. The first thing he does is to go after the drugdealer that has the control of the drugs that are sold in the estate.Going to see the guy certainly takes guts, but Harry is not afraid.What bothers him is finding an emaciated girl who is high on what theman has shot into her body. Harry knows he has to take the man and hisbusiness down.Because of the approach by the police for an all out war to get rid ofthe criminal element, they provoke the youths in the area to riot andturn against the invading force. Harry comes to where Alice Framptonhas been attacked. He must get her out of harm's way, so he thinks thatby taking her to the local pub, now closed, will help his cause.Frampton knows something Harry did not know, and it is a connection hewould not have imagined as to who the real crime boss is in the area.A terrific film debut of director Daniel Barber. Most of the credit forits success lies in the screenplay by Gary Young. Make no mistake, thisis a gritty British film and it shows. In a way, this film wasprophetic in what London experienced this past summer with the riotingby young people that terrorized the area by fighting with the policeand destroying what they could in the affected neighborhood.Harry Brown acts as a vigilante for a good cause; he had seen the placehe live dominated by a criminal element without control. Michael Cainehad one of the best roles in his distinguished film career. Hisperformance builds on Harry's own frustrations in seeing the decay ofthe life he knew by an unwanted invasion. Emily Mortimer is excellentas the quiet Alice Frampton, a police office with dignity that had toput up with a system led by an egotistical man. Liam Cunningham, DavidBradley, Sean Harris, Ben Drew give fabulous performances.
This review is from: Harry Brown: The Nature of Chess Pieces (Amazon Instant Video) Really a great performance by an ageless actor. Demonstrates much of the decadence prevailing in our current entitlementsociety, and tolerance of evil.
Amazon has listed the action film "Harry Brown" starring Michael Caine as the chess instructional video by Harry Brown the chess player and teacher. I haven't seen the instructional video but the action film is pretty good. Michael Caine is a former Royal Marine turned vigilante in a crime ridden neighborhood.
The plot for this film is something we may be familiar with, but has itnever been executed in such a manner as done in Harry Brown. This filmhas everything that the general public wishes to see in a vigilantestory. It doesn't get bogged down in the sympathetic approaches tocriminality that is common nowadays, so what you get is a movie thatpaints a more honest picture of life in a crime-infested, residentialarea.The direction, score and acting in Harry Brown come together to createone of the most intense film I've ever seen. Director Daniel Barbertakes his time with many scenes at the beginning of the film - a riskymove at times but one he pulls off well. It allows the film toprogressively build pace and keep the audience interested.The characters are archetypal scum and aren't developed on too much.Some may see this as a fault but, to the contrary, it allows theaudience to engage more with the plight of Harry Brown. It also doesn'tdistract us from one of the key themes of the film: Are our police andlegal system really set-up to protect our citizens and strike out theroot of crime, or do they simply target the perpetrators that are theeasiest to indite?This movie is a must-see. Truly riveting stuff.
When surrounded by evil and despair, sometimes the only way to set things right is to unleash the darkness within one's self. This is essentially the theme for the recently released, gritty revenge thriller "Harry Brown" starring screen legend Michael Caine."Harry Brown" is the story of a former Marine and widower (Michael Caine) who has been content with living out his life in peace amidst the crime and decadence consuming his tenement. However, when his best friend is brutally murdered by a neighborhood gang, Harry decides that enough is enough. Calling upon his military training he begins his quest to discover who exactly was responsible for his friend's death and punish them accordingly.Since the focus of the story is that of crime running rampant and an elderly former serviceman driven to vigilantism to stop it, one cannot help but draw an instant comparison to Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino". Unfortunately, the inevitable comparison does not exactly work in this film's favor. While "Harry Brown" is an average movie, it sadly never attains the emotional depth and momentum that made Eastwood's film so great. This is a real shame, because the potential was definitely within this film's grasp.The biggest problem with "Harry Brown" lies within the screenplay written by Gary Young. Throughout the entire film there are just too many missed opportunities for development (either for the characters or the emotional depth of the movie), inconsistencies within the story, and lulls where simply nothing of any consequence is occurring.The missed opportunities are most recognizable in those scenes touching upon Harry's family or rather the lack thereof. He's a widower who was forced to watch helplessly as his wife slowly faded away. Obviously being his wife her death would leave a gaping hole in his life. However, I feel that the script could have taken some time to explore their relationship prior to her death so that the emotional impact of her passing wouldn't be reliant solely upon the obvious marital connection of the characters.At the same time, there is a passing mention that he and his wife had a daughter who died at a surprisingly young age. The problem with this apparently minor plot point is that once it is introduced they never really speak of it again. Not that I want a child's death (fictional or otherwise) to be exploited in a movie, don't get me wrong. But, I do feel that the inclusion of this bit of history for Harry would have provided a little more emotional weight to the character, rather than being just another question mark from his past.Then there's the inconsistencies found throughout the entire duration of this movie. These issues are glaringly obvious in regards to the various crimes the gang members cause and how widespread they may or may not be.I mean, it's quite apparent that this gang has a stranglehold over the complex Harry lives in; however, he seems almost oblivious to any real threat existing from them. This blatant inconsistency becomes all too apparent when his friend Leonard is telling Harry of all the mistreatment and threats he has received at the hands of these hoodlums. Yet upon hearing the news, Harry seems surprised that things are that bad.I just find it hard to believe that such a violent gang would be picky as to which tenants they choose to abuse. So Harry's lack of fear or knowledge of the gang seems unlikely, given the severity of the actions we are shown being perpetrated elsewhere in the complex. Admittedly he does express some slight trepidation when walking near the gang's primary place of business, but beyond those brief moments he shows no outward signs.On top of those problems plaguing this film, there are the moments of boredom that creep in periodically. For instance, far too much time seemed to be spent on just showing Harry doing virtually nothing but sitting around his apartment or eating or something equally mundane. Granted, this was intended to show how lonely his lot in life had become, but I didn't feel that we needed to be reminded of this fact so many times. I'm not saying that there should have been more action sequences or something like that, but the story could have benefited from slightly more judicious cuts in the editing room to speed things up a bit.However, not every aspect of the story was weak; the scenes focusing on Harry's vengeance were especially strong and compelling. During these moments every aspect of the movie seemed to be firing on all cylinders. I appreciated that the main character, which is well into his golden years, was allowed to show he could still dispense punishment, sometimes in an extremely violent manner, without losing any believability. For this achievement I feel that credit must be given to the film's first-time director, Daniel Barber. So many directors could or would have been tempted to go overboard with the violence to a point beyond the character's physical capabilities, but he chose to wisely show restraint and the film benefited from this greatly.Another area in which the film really succeeded was in its casting. Front and center is veteran screen legend Michael Caine ("The Dark Knight") as the titular character. Michael plays the role to perfection with a natural ease and grace, but also an underlying sense of authority and a quiet strength that demands your attention. He seamlessly blends together grandfatherly qualities one would expect from a man of his age, while at the same time unleashing a surprisingly grim and justifiably violent side that has remained dormant since his youth. It is this intriguing dichotomy at odds within his character that elevated this movie beyond its less-than-stellar screenplay.Leading the supporting cast is actress Emily Mortimer ("Shutter Island") as Detective Inspector Alice Frampton. Emily plays the straight-laced Alice with such conviction, smarts, and realism that she easily outshines her fellow actors portraying other members of the police force. Unfortunately due to how well fleshed-out her character is and the strength of her performance, all of the other police officers appear to be inept when it comes to their jobs. I'm sure this was not the impression the writer and director wished to convey regarding the police force, but it happened all the same and the film suffers for it.Alongside Emily in a smaller, yet equally pivotal supporting role is actor David Bradley ("Harry Potter" films) as Harry Brown's best friend, Leonard. Even though David is not given a whole lot of screen time, he does the most with what he has to make Leonard a memorable character. This proved vital given that Leonard's story arc is the crutch that the majority of the movie rests upon. I was somewhat frustrated by the fact that David wasn't allowed more time in the film because he is a good actor, but more importantly, his scenes opposite Michael Caine were some of the strongest in the movie. Oh well, I'm not the one calling the shots though.In the end, it's a real shame that a movie like "Harry Brown" was hampered by this laundry list of issues, because the potential for an intense thriller was there. It's just that the writer and director failed to capitalize on all of the opportunities presented to them. Even so, the acting in the film is very strong, sometimes to the movie's detriment (in the case of Emily Mortimer) and the action is gritty and hard-hitting. While "Harry Brown" isn't the most well-written film you'll ever see, it is worth watching if for no other reason than Michael Caine's riveting performance."Harry Brown" is rated R for violence, language, and nudity/sexuality.
OK - a couple of plot moments will make you think 'no way that wouldever happen' but this is a very fine film. London is full of darkcorners such as portrayed in this film. Whilst guns are not so commonin attacks, believe me when I say the levels of violence and drug abuseon estates is through the roof.This film plays 'what if...' with the reality of a lot of peoples livesin London. Yobs do set up shop in public areas - and willintimidate/attack anyone who so much as looks at them funny - nevermind the abuse they dish out to each other over matters of 'respect'.The performances are largely brilliant - particularly from the youngvillains.One other thing that struck me as refreshing as I did not see oneclichÃ©'d image of London - no trafalgar square - no Buck house. It is abrave thing for a director to show London as a lot of Londoners see itin their daily lives. Some of the sets are a bit over grimed, though -it is realistic looking for the area I suppose. Maybe it is a case oftoo much of a good thing. The questions it raises are relevant to all societies - why arecriminals tolerated? Why doesn't - even violent - punishment appear towork on seasoned villains? And the most important question - whoamongst those who call for capital punishment can truly inflict itwithout revelling in it? See it - but be warned: it is a proper 18 cert- not for the squeamish.
Saw this film last night and wanted to applaud the British film-makersfor producing this great film.It is a film which made me literally jump from my seat with excellentfilmotography.I feel this is a film well worth watching and asmentioned in the trailers, it has to be the best British film of theyear. I do not think any more British releases will be able to compete withthis film.Michael Caine's acting is as usual superb and he has once again showedhis professionalism in a different way.
Oooh Mr. Caine, Please tell me you don't expect any awards for thispiece of trash. It would be hard to swallow if you did. Imean...really! Did you not read the whole script before jumping onboard this mess. Christ almighty, none of it is believable. Perhaps youwere tricked and changes were made along the way without yourconsent...yeah that's what happened. Those damn movie people, you justcan't trust them. I know you probably did your best and that's alwayscommendable but there's nothing in this flick that deserves honoring.In fact, just the opposite. Take for instance the digital bloodeffects. Sure, they might be easier to do but it really takes away fromthe film because the viewer is thinking "oh wow, look at the digitalblood...hmmmmm...they should have used karo instead". At least, that'swhat I thought. And the coincidences in this movie are just toonumerous. And ridiculous. I sure hope you follow this up with somethingworthy of your participation Mr. Caine. Otherwise, just say no. I wishI had.
It would be all too easy to call Harry Brown yet another Death Wishclone. Coming as it does on the heels of the hugely popular, yetshallow, Liam Neeson starrer Taken, the charges of it merely being aBritish version of a well worn story have rang far and wide. Yet stripdown the basic concept of Daniel Barber's film (Gary Young providingthe screenplay) and you find a searing indictment of modern Britain.Unruly young adults (the antagonists here are not the "kids" of EdenLake) are turning this particular estate into a cess pool of drugs,violence and sexual aggression. A place where ex-servicemen like HarryBrown (Michael Caine) are afraid to walk thru subway tunnels and hispal Leonard (David Bradley) lives in fear of what will be pushed thruhis letter box on any given night. Bad parenting, bad blood or badseed? All rear their ugly heads like a looming parasite. Again, nothingnew in this since these themes were adequately explored in Britishcinema in the afore mentioned Eden Lake. But Barber's movie has thebrains to fully involve the police within the story. And morecrucially, offers up both sides of the coin in that respect. Are theypowerless? Do they care anymore? And during one particularly potent andoctane igniting part of the film-are they heavy handed? This is notjust a revenge film, it's a pertinent piece posing questions aboutfundamental issues. And you may not like the answers you yourself offerup. As Brown, Caine is terrific, by his own admission his career is full ofroles he did just to pay the bills, this is the real Michael Caine tho,instilling Harry with real emotional depth he knows not to overdo thetransformation from scared and lonely pensioner to a man who hasfinally had enough. It's a project close to Caine's heart since thefilm is set on the Elephant & Castle housing estate he himself grew upon. The state of it now, to quote Caine himself, "breaks his heart".It's relevant and goes someway to explaining the realistic feel thatcomes from his performance. Emily Mortimer (the only lady character ofnote) does sterling work as the female inspector leading up theinvestigation at the heart of the film, while Bradley and LiamCunningham are their usual professional selves in small but hugelycrucial roles. Of the young thug portrayals, the stand out is JackO'Connell. O'Connell is no stranger to such material having played thevile Brett in Eden Lake, but his Marky here is a different animal toBrett. With his story arc again causing a thought process that elevatesthe film further above those charges of being just a violent revengeretread. A special mention to Martin Ruhe for his cinematography,suitably grim for the most part, especially during one of the film'smost disturbing sequences as Harry goes into a squalid drug den, Ruhealso has a knack for moments of beauty. His work for the canal sidescenes is just gorgeous and is just one of a number of high points in afilm that is actually full of them.It could have turned out like an over exaggerated page ripped out ofthe News Of The World. Instead, thanks to Caine, Barber, Young andRuhe, we have one of the better film's to come out of Britain in 2009.Intelligent, disturbing and packed with emotional depth, Harry Brown isa must see. 9/10
I can't wait for this movie, it looks great, the premise maybe a re-do of other flicks, Gran Torino, Death Wish, or maybe not. Either way it looks like its going to be a good one, Love Michael Canine speaking the way Michael Caine grew up speaking. One question though...what is with the microphones? I dont think anyone who edited this film could have missed them. It doesnt impede my desire to see this movie, its just kind of curious.
Harry Brown After an amazing career filled with memorable roles, thismaterial doesn't begin to approach the top flight scripts that havepassed through Michael Caine's hands: 'Alfie', 'The Cider House Rules'and 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrel's' among them. However, there are somememorable moments in 'Harry Brown'.In Harry Brown, we find Sir Michael as a pensioner tending to theremnant's of a troubled but hard won life. His ailing wife and pub mateLeonard gives purpose to Harry's existence that is surrounded by mayhemin the housing project were he resides. When his world suddenly turnsupside down, Harry revisits a time in his life that he would haverather left alone.Emily Mortimer, Charlie-Creed Miles and David Bradley are solid insupport of world weary Caine set adrift in an ocean of decay. DanielBarber directs in his first feature length release. He handles thesilence of grief and crescendo of chaos rather well. In particular, heallows his actors to build substance into a scene instead of beatinghis audience over the head with action. Time is insanely limited in afeature and Barber's willingness to invest it on the actors can pay bigdividends in future efforts.It is a treat to watch an actor of Caine's caliber witness amesmerizing turn by a relatively unknown talent. It occurs later in thefilm when Caine drops in on local dealer/Junkie Stretch's world.'Stretch' (Sean Harris) will forever be included in the conversationwhen the upper echelon of movie creepdom is examined. Not since GaryOldman's 'Drexel Spivey' has idiosyncratic mania rained down so hard.If for no other reason, see 'Harry Brown' because of it.