Harry Brown

Harry Brown

Daniel Barber (2009)

98min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Inevitably, this feature-length debut for director Daniel Barber will be labelled a Death Wish for the noughties, though it has as much to say about social conditions in neglected inner-city areas as it does about Michael Caine's doddery dispenser of justice. Caine plays the title character, a 70-something ex-serviceman whose life on a run-down estate ruled by gangs of feral teenagers is thrown upside down when his best friend is murdered. Determined to see justice done, Harry then hobbles into gun-toting, death-dealing action. This gritty British revenge thriller is a shade melodramatic, especially in its portrayal of the gangs - if the kids suddenly sprouted horns, you would hardly be surprised. But Caine is surprisingly convincing as the septuagenarian avenger, even though it's a little uncomfortable to root for a vigilante, no matter what the justification for his actions. No doubt, fans of Gran Torino will not be complaining.

Summary

An elderly retired marine leads a law-abiding existence on a south London estate, until his best friend is murdered by a local gang. Furious at the police's inability to bring the killers to justice, he takes the law into his own hands to get revenge. Crime thriller, starring Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Charlie Creed-Miles, Ben Drew, Iain Glen and Sean Harris.

Cast & Crew

Harry Brown Michael Caine
DI Alice Frampton Emily Mortimer
DS Terry Hicock Charlie Creed-Miles
Leonard Attwell David Bradley
SI Childs Iain Glen
Stretch Sean Harris
Noelle Winters Ben Drew
Marky Jack O'Connell
Director Daniel Barber
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity. Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama