Harry Brown details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen, Jack O'Connell, Liam Cunningham, Ben Drew, Jamie Downey, David Bradley, Sean Harris, Charlie Creed-Miles, Raza Jaffrey, Amy Steel|
|Collections:||Best of 2010, England vs USA, Top 400 All-Time Rentals, Top Thriller|
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Mar 2010|
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Never a frown with Harry BrownBy Movielad (2 reviews) from Woking , 27 Oct 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]MARV (Matthew Vaughn & Kris Thykier's production company) produces one of the best British thrillers I've seen in a very long while. It's quite literally a heart pounding roller coaster of a ride, having managed to jump out my skin a good number of times during the course of the film. It takes a lot to shock me, but this film provided it in spades.
At first glance the concept of a vigilante OAP going around murdering feral teenagers who killed his best pal Leonard seems a little ridiculous. But Gary Young's screenplay delivers a fine story - starting with Harry padding around his council flat alone, waiting for his wife to recover from a stroke. When she dies, he only has Leonard left for company. But Leonard is growing ever more concerned about the feral teenagers hanging around their council estate, with drug dealers opening dealing their wares in the very pub that the two OAPs are drinking (and playing chess) in.
It eventually gets a bit too much for Leonard who vows to deal with the teenagers himself, after almost being killed by somebody setting fire to old rags pushed through his letterbox. Having taken an old bayonet given to him by his father when he was small, Leonard finally ends up dead having confronted a group of boys in an underpass near the estate. This sets off a series of events which eventually sees Harry, a former marine, extract revenge from the gang that killed his friend.
It's a wonderfully shot film. The cinematography is excellent. The colour grading in particular gives a washed out, grey look, which perfectly matches the mood of the story. Music is put to good use, but similarly taken away when it's (not) needed, which made me extremely nervous at times. The shocks themselves come thick and fast in places, and even I was sweating (my hands clenched) at a couple of points as I just had no idea where things were going to go. The performances are top notch, and the whole thing is superbly directed by Daniel Barber.
In short, Harry Brown is one tight thriller. It provides an intense, heart pounding drama that will make even the most hardened viewer jump out their seat once or twice. The riot sequence is one of the most violent that I've seen committed to film. The special effects are really well executed.
Go see this film. It's not the feint of heart, but if you like a good thriller with some unexpected twists and turns, then Harry Brown is for you. Highly original, highly entertaining.
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Harry won, lowlife nilBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 24 Mar 2013Wow! What a great film. Michael Caine is brilliant as the character (Harry Brown) an ageing ex veteran takes the law into his own hands due to the ineffectiveness of the police on a London sink estate. It is a frightening gritty hard hitting portrayal of what it is like to live in one of these areas of social deprivation and gang culture. Harry turns into Charles Bronson's Death Wish character but this is doen with British realism and authenticity. It is violent and justifies it's 18 certificate but leaves you feeling exhausted and shocked. Thoroughly recommended.
Get Carter Got Old?By Graham1982 (6 reviews) from Watford , 22 Feb 2013Michael Caine is fantastic as the aging vigilante of the title. Fairly disturbing in places and certainly unflinching in it's portrayal of the murkier side of inner London life. With plenty of tension, brutal violence and decidedly iffy moralities, it reminded me a bit of films like Taxi Driver, so if you like that kind of thing, give it a go!
Michael Caine is a living legendBy Analyst (7 reviews) , 15 Feb 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideMichael Caine is a living legend. His small part as Alfred in the Nolan-Batman movies stand out. But Caine has always been master of the Brit-flick. Here he is the main character Harry Brown. A widowed pensioner turned vigilante against the crime that surrounds him on a London housing estate. The depiction of London is gritty and dark. It is a dark foreshadowing of the London riots before the London riots. Although Harry eventually turns the the tables on the youths and although he is the one doing the torturing and the killing it is very difficult to feel any sympathy for the young guys. Harry redeems himself at one point risking being caught to get an overdosing girl to a hospital. That said this is not an anti youth film. It just looks at an area of youth that I am sure rings true with many people actually in Harry's predicament. For the ex serviceman the war is at home. Another 4/5 Have a great dayyyyyy!!!
Harry Brown is awesomeBy a customer , 26 Jan 2013loved the film. I can only recommend it. Bee prepared for a bit of violence tho. If you expect an american kickass action film, then you wrong. What you will see tho is a brilliant British action thriller.
Must-see for those looking for a quality filmBy Angel26 (76 reviews) from Chorley , 25 Jan 2013just superb! Mr Cain's not lost ANY of his charisma, an excellent vehicle for his particular talents, played with a professionalism and understatement that some so-called 'stars' should study - CLOSELY. THIS is how it's done friends. Fantastic plot and really well written screenplay /dialogue have this one exuding quality. Amust-see for anyone wondering what good films used to feel like in the olden days !LIKE THIS. Enjoy it to it's full glory