Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Harry Brown (2009)
When a crew of drug-dealing gang members takes the life of his only friend, Leonard (David Bradley), retired Marine and widower Harry Brown (Michael Caine) decides to take the law into his own hands -- but his old-school training might be overmatched. Helmed by first-time feature director Daniel Barber, this gritty vigilante thriller set in England also stars Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen, Jack O'Connell, Ben Drew, Joseph Gilgun and Liam Cunningham.
Three things: 1. Michael Caine gives an amazing performance. 2. Drug culture is not a laughing matter, even the light users could somehow be supporting gangs like these. 3. The music in this movie is great. Props to the music supervisor for a job well done. Things that take place in this movie are very messed up but I think everything that made me cringe is justified to get the message across. If you can stomach the violence and vulgarity it is definitely worth watching. Very worthwhile. It is a bit of a British Gran Torino but much more violent and much more real and gritty.