Harry Brown (2010) - Movie Details
|Release Date:||April 30, 2010 (Limited)|
|On DVD:||August 31, 2010|
|Cast:||Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen, Jack O'Connell, Liam Cunningham, Amy Steel|
|Studio:||Samuel Goldwyn Films|
|Running Time:||103 minutes|
|MPAA Rating:||Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, drug use and sexual content|
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Review by Nathan Samdahl (B+)
To start off this review on a strong note, as a bit of a surprise to me, Harry Brown actually may be my favorite film of the year so far. Driven by another amazing performance by Michael Caine, who like Morgan Freeman gets better with age, Harry Brown is a gritty slice-of life story set in a London slum overrun by teen violence. Similar to Matthieu Kassovitz' great film La Haine, Harry Brown provides a strong commentary on teen violence and the cyclical nature of violence, while never feeling heavy-handed. As opposed to La Haine, which tells the story from the viewpoint of three rough-and-tough youths, Harry Brown is told primarily through the eyes of Harry, an elderly man who takes it upon himself to help clean up the streets after his good friend is beaten to death by hoodlums,. While not as visually striking as Kassovitz' film, director Daniel Barber takes what could have been a very generic story and infuses it with an energy that continuously pushes the film to the brink of acceptability, keeping the audience both entertained and unsettled at all times.
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