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Michael Caines it in this film!
Harry Brown (DVD)
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Harry Brown (DVD)
Advantages: realistic, superb acting
Disadvantages: release date possibly a bit to close to the american equivalent Gran Torino
Harry Brown was released in 2009 and stars Michael Caine as the titular character and Emily Mortimer as DI Alice Frampton.
This film follows the story of ex marine Harry who lives in a block of council flats in Elephant and Castle, London surrounding by youth violence. Each day on the way to visit his dying wife in the hospital he chooses to take the long route rather than going via the drug and gang invested underpass. Later in the film a couple of significant events turn the story upside down and Harry is soon after the gangs that terrorise his community and who have brought great suffering.
I live in London and whilst fortunate enough not to see this sort of heinous acts of violence, anyone in London knows that these sort of violent attacks and aggresive situations occur on a far too often basis. This should strike a cord with anyone who lives in a town/city where stories of gangs violently making people's lives a misery. This should also suit anyone who cheers the underdog or receives a sense of satisfaction seeing revenge films.
Michael Caine is unbelievable in his role as a grieving man seeking retribution and vengance. One of the best films I've seen him in and wish he would do more of them! At first I was a little sceptical as I had previously watched Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood (which is another brilliant film which I'd recommend) however any doubts were blown away within five to ten minutes due to the realism in this film as well as the superb acting. Emily Mortimer also deserves praise as the determined humane police detective.
As well as the lead's acting, this film wouldnt be as satisfying without the glorious acting of the supporting young actors portraying the evil gangs. They create dislike and resentment almost immediately and without saying a word sometimes.
This film provokes frustration in the capability and attitude in parts of the British Police Force whilst creating debate over the often ridiculed British 'Justice' system. The film topicises many frequently argued points about all of what is wrong with the 'youth of today'.
Daniel Barber's debut film receives a 7.4/ 10 rating on imdb.co.uk if thats anything to go by. Surprisingly however the film grossed only a fifth of it's budget - hopefully over time this film will prove to be a classic.
Director: Daniel Barber
Writer: Gary Young
Duration: 97 mins
Michael Caine as Harry Brown
Emily Mortimer as DI Alice Frampton
Charlie Creed-Miles as DS Terry Hicock
David Bradley as Leonard Attwell
Summary: Vengeful Michael Caine seeks retribution against the gangs of South London