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Gritty British Film with a lot to say
Harry Brown (DVD)
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Harry Brown (DVD)
Advantages: good cast, crew and story
Disadvantages: At times it is too violent
Taking Michael Caine back to the Peckham estates he grew up on this is a sly piece of social commentary on inner city London and for me is one of the better films regarding life in the rougher parts of the UK.
Michael Caine stars as Harry Brown a military veteran living off his pension on a south London council estate, surrounded by riotously out of control teenage yobs who kill his best friend but are never brought to justice.
This film reminded me in many ways of Dirty Harry and also Gran Torino as well as some of the old westerns as we follow a man brought to the end of his tether by the feral behaviour of gangs, who decides to use his own knowledge and experience to exact revenge. Its not a moral film as quite clearly Brown is wrong legally in his actions, but you do end up rooting for this good man who has been pushed too far by the youths and the justice system which does little to bring them to book.
Michael Caine ... Harry Brown
Emily Mortimer ... D.I. Alice Frampton
Charlie Creed-Miles ... D.S. Terry Hicock
David Bradley ... Leonard Attwell
Iain Glen ... S.I. Childs
Sean Harris ... Stretch
Ben Drew ... Noel Winters
Jack O'Connell ... Marky
Jamal Downey ... Carl
Lee Oakes ... Dean
Joseph Gilgun ... Kenny
Liam Cunningham ... Sid Rourke
Marva Alexander ... Nurse #1
Forbes KB ... Troy Martindale
Liz Daniels ... Kath
I like Michael Caine and I enjoyed this film, ok it is violent and not a family film, but living in London I could relate to the subject and felt some of Brown's pain, his reaction is OTT in a filmatic way and Caine does well to make this believable. The acting from the youths is also utterly believable, they are despicable and play their parts brilliantly and utterly convincingly, Plan B (Ben Drew) is particularly convincing as Noel the vicious gang leader who deserves some retribution.
The film is well made and the cinematography makes these council estates look both grimy and utterly terrifying, while the cast build the tension, the script and story ensure this doesn't become a series of vicious set pieces and overall this is a film I would definitely watch again, the Director and some of the cast have real futures and its good to see Caine helping the British film industry and addressing an issue of great relevance in this country.
The DVD is available on Amazon for £11.98 or can be rented from Blockbuster or Lovefilm.
Special features: Bonus footage; deleted scenes; interviews: cast and crew; and commentary from Michael Caine, Daniel Barber (director) and Kris Thykier (producer).
Summary: Gritty British Film with a lot to say