Harry Brown

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Harry Brown

Daniel Barber (2009)

98min
18 Certificate
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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

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Cast & Crew

Harry Brown Michael Caine
Detective Inspector Frampton Emily Mortimer
Detective Sergeant Hicock Charlie Creed-Miles
Noel Winters Ben Drew
Sid Rourke Liam Cunningham
Childs Iain Glen
Leonard Attwell David Bradley (2)
Marky Hathaway Jack O'Connell (2)
Stretch Sean Harris
Kenny Soames Joe Gilgun
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-rayReleased on: 6 Nov 2009
Drama