Harry Brown – Movie Review
An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend’s murder by doling out his own form of justice.
Harry Brown stars Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer and Liam Cunningham. This is kind of “A Death Wish” for the senior set. Poor old Michael Caine plays Harry Brown who we see is living by himself. He’s a pensioner with a friend with whom he plays chess and he has a wife who is dying. He has a daughter that died when she was 13. So, this is a sad and lonely man. Then, his best friend who says he’s being harassed by kids in the projects, or as they call them in Britain, the estate, is murdered. Harry decides to take justice in his own hands. You know, it’s hard to really root for vigilantism but you’ll find yourself doing exactly that. It was an incredibly violent movie. You watch Harry morph from this sad, lonely man, clearly depressed and on the edge of the grave with one foot on a banana peel into kind of this over-aged James Bond. The transformation in Michael Caine in and of itself is worth the price of admission. It’s a very violent movie but strangely compelling and haunting. I’d give it four stars except it’s so violent, so I think I’m going to have to give it three and a half. But, for Michael Caine’s performance, somewhere between three and a half and four stars. You go see it and tell me what you think