Avec deux séquences introductives tonitruantes et musclées, ce premier long métrage anglais séduit fortement par son atmosphère à la fois réaliste et pondérée et l'excellente présence et composition de Michael Caine qui font oublier certaines caricatures outrancières dans la description des méchantes crapules en cause... www.cinefiches.com
This came out the same year as Gran Turino and is an inferior film on every level. Michael Caine puts in a good performance but I always squirm when I see gangsters portrayed in British film. This descends in to a daily mail baiting brexit supporting revenge thriller.
For all intents and purposes, a dark, rough British geezer version of Death Wish with Michael Caine at his most badass since the glory days of Get Carter. It's competently shot and directed with a couple of strong, seasoned actors going up against some demented youths. Doesn't stick much in the memory, but is a servicable crime drama with a tense, involving first half giving way to a cycle of violence. Solid watch.
[Spoilers] One thing that people need to understand about movies is that they rarely are a glorification of anything, but merely tell stories. No matter who is illustrated in any way and to what success, it's always up to the viewer to understand and draw a lesson from it. This movie is built upon moral and ethical conflicts, and arguably, the seemingly happy ending is not to be taken as one.
With a startling found-footage opener & a calm "old man morning routine", this vigilante thriller is supported by the veteran shoulders of Caine. Even when it drifts away to police procedural & light social commentary, this British answer to Gran Torino can always rely on Cain's understated performance that helps smooth over the flaws of the film.
Saw the movie again and found it better than the first time. Maybe the story isn't quite satisfactory, but there are many details which make the movie worth seeing, especially the stunning capturing of the social surroundings, the excellent camera work, the cautious use of music and of course the fine acting of Michael Caine and David Bradley.