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.
"Harry Brown" serves as a horrific portrait of the disenfranchised youth roaming aimlessly through our society. Disgusting drug addicts and lurid violence line the belly of the beast and Sir Michael Caine can handle it no more. A beautifully shot film that has much in common with the western movie anti-heroes of the 60s and 70s. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and Britain seems to be a pretty cold place.
The performance of a lifetime for Caine. The subtle, affecting vulnerability he grew into combines with his early grit-teeth coldness in a cathartic nail-biter of a vigilante thriller. Seriously fucking chilling.
Vigilante movie. I'm not usually fond of this kind of films that demand some psychological maturity in order not to be misunderstood. This being so, Michael Caine's character is well observed and credible and I really had the feeling to be immersed for two hours in this neighborhood. Recommended to tolerant movie lovers. Only.
Are you old and feel the youth of today don't show you enough respect? Do you feel they are all uneducated, drug running, murderous hoodlums? Do you feel someone, preferably an older and charming chap, needs to put them in their place? If you are, you're still going to find this movie suffocatingly/comically pessimistic. Ah the youth, they can't even commit crimes properly!
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.
A captivating treat, although some of the sfx looked incredibly out of place within the gritty feel of the film. The blood splatter, especially evident in the climatic scene, was almost cartoonish. Otherwise, Caine did a brilliant job of being very old.