March 11, 2010
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Director: Daniel Barber
Writers: Gary Young
Producers: Matthew Vaughn/Kris Thykier/Matthew Brown/Keith Bell
Starring: Michael Caine/Emily Mortimer/Ben Drew/Charlie Creed-Miles/David Bradley/Jack O’Donnell
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 103 minutes
Harry Brown is a movie made about ‘Broken Britain’. Michael Caine, one of Britain’s best actors, plays the man himself but is Harry Brown one of his best performances? An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend’s murder by taking the law into his hands and doling out his own form of justice. I think it’s safe to say that this is definitely one of the best British movies I have seen since This is England and one of Michael Caine’s greatest performances. Michael Caine stands out, not because he’s Michael Caine but, simply because his performance calls for him to be a timid old man that wants to avenge his best friend and clean up the rough London estate where he lives. Yet again, Michael Caine steps up to the mark in the acting department as do the rest of the cast. Ben Drew’s (better known as Plan B) performance as the vicious leader of the group was impressive along with Jack O’Connell who played Marky.
The cinematography is brilliant and makes the movie look sharp and detailed. The opening scenes of the movie is simply gripping and remains like that all the way through the movie. The story is pretty much spectacular and is very down-to-earth and gritty and depicts youth crime in the 21st century. However, the movie shows youth in a negative way and it shows what people are scared of but people must remember that it’s only a movie and that not all young people are like the way they are in this movie.
I love Harry Brown. I think it’s one of Michael Caine’s best performances to date and I think it should be praised more. The cast and the crew should give themselves a round of applause for this magnificent British cinematic masterpiece. This is fantastic stuff, I recommend everyone to watch this, it’s British movies at its best. First-time feature director Daniel Barber has done a superb job with this thriller.