Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Harry Brown (2009)

Title - Harry Brown

Year of release - 2009

Genre - Action/Crime/Thriller

Length - 1 hour 43 minutes

Rating - 18

Director - Daniel Barber

Writer(s) - Gary Young

Who is in it? - Michael Caine as Hary Brown, David Bradley as Leonard Atwell, Liz Daniels as Kath Brown, Emily Mortimer as DI Alice Frampton and Sean Harris as Stretch to name a few.

What's it about? - Harry Brown is the moving film portraying the life on an ex British service man named Harry Brown (Michael Caine). Harry spends most of his days going to visit his very ill wife Kath (Liz Daniels) and playing chess with his best friend Leonard Attwell (David Bradley). Harry and Leonard live on an estate in London which is becoming plagued by the now common youth gang culture. Sadly Harry's wife Kath passes away and all harry has left is Leonard.

Leonard tells Harry that he is being harassed and abused by the local gang, to which Harry begs his friend to take this to the police. Leonard also tells harry that he is carrying a bayonet in order to use as protection for his life. One evening Leonard goes to confront the gang in an underpass as is sadly shot and killed. The police can not prosecute as the court would rule self defence by the shooter.

Harry, who is now very emotionally upset and frustrated by the polices lack of help decides that justice must be served and he takes matters into his own hands. Obtaining a firearm he goes on a one man vigilante spree to rid his estate of the vile pest of the local gang.

Is it any good? - Follow the explosive and emotionally charged scenes packed so tightly into this wonderful film. You will be saddened, horrified and then brought into a sense of reality that the gang culture problem is portrayed to the truth in this film. I found myself feeling so emotional that a group of youths would kill an elderly man point blank.

Why should I watch it? - Michael Caine portrays Harry Brown with sheer class and pure personality. His acting ability never ceases to amaze. The story and screenplay are explosive and full of emotion, courage and heroism. I beg everyone to watch this film and see how gang culture can ruin a community.

How do you rate it overall? - 10/10

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