HARRY BROWN

Vigilante Justice

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Release Date: April 30, 2010

Starring: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Charlie Creed Miles, Ben Drew, and Liam Cunningham

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 102 minutes

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Content:

(BB, LLL, SS, NN, AA, DDD, M) Strong moral story of a violent gang being stopped but done outside an ineffective legal system by using vigilante justice; 90 obscenities (mostly the “f” word) and three profanities; men stabbed with knife, gang brutally beats and kicks man in three scenes, at least dozen people shot in the head, gang riot in streets, man suffocates another man; graphically depicted sex scene seen on a TV set; rear female nudity, upper male nudity; drinking of alcohol and one scene of main character drunk; much illegal drug use of heroin, cocaine and other drugs, including characters being stoned; and, revenge.

Summary:

HARRY BROWN is the story of a widower, whose only friend is killed by gang members and then sets out to stop the killers when the police are not able to arrest them. There’s constant foul language by the bad guys, very strong violence, and brief lewd content, but the heart of the story is that of a just ma trying to protect his community.

Review:

HARRY BROWN is the story of a widower (played by Michael Caine) whose only friend is killed by gang members, and so he then sets out to stop the killers when the police are not able to arrest them.

Harry served in the British Marines as a Special Forces soldier. He left that part of his life behind decades ago and has lived a quiet life in a community in London going slowly downhill. There is strong gang activity of murders and robberies and random violence. Harry’s only friend left in the world is brutally killed by gang members. The police question them but can’t find any evidence.

One night Harry walks home from the pub and is mugged by a drug addict. As the mugger lunges the knife, Harry’s instincts takes over, and he turns the knife on the mugger, killing him. Harry runs home in a panic.

When he hears that the police are not going to pursue his friend’s killer, Harry goes to a gun dealer and buys a gun. But, once there, he sees them mistreat a girl who is about to overdose on heroin. Harry kills both of the arms dealers and takes the girl to the hospital.

Now, committed to the cause of vigilante justice, Harry hunts down the men who killed his friend. Amid a riot in the streets between gangs and police, Harry is able to stop the last of the killers, bringing down a huge drug ring in the process. In the end, Harry seems to have a new purpose in life – to clean up the streets.

HARRY BROWN is a compelling drama held together by a fine performance by Michael Caine as the somewhat quiet man who is able to do what the police are not able to accomplish. The pacing is somewhat slow at the beginning, but that helps establish the slow pace of Harry’s widower life compared to his later life as a vigilante. Harry’s worldview is a moral one, not delighting in killing the criminals and only doing it because the authorities won’t track down the gang members.

The movie has plenty of strong foul language, however, including a nearly constant use of the “f” word, but that is always from the mouths of the gang members and not from our main character. There is also graphic, realistic violence but it is not glorified.

HARRY BROWN is an engaging movie, marred by foul language, violence and a brief but graphic sex scene seen in a TV program.

In Brief:

HARRY BROWN is about a widower, played by Michael Caine, whose only friend is killed by gang members and then sets out to stop the killers when the police are not able to arrest them. Harry served in the British Marines but left that part of his life behind decades ago. His instincts come to play when he is mugged and ends up killing the mugger with the mugger’s own knife. Harry then hunts down the men who killed his friend. Amid a riot in the streets, Harry is able to stop the last of the killers, bringing down a huge drug ring in the process.

HARRY BROWN is a compelling drama held together by a fine performance by Michael Caine. Harry’s worldview is a moral one, not delighting in killing the criminals and only doing it because the authorities won’t track down the gang members. The movie contains much foul language from the gang members, and there is graphic, realistic violence but it is not glorified. HARRY BROWN is an engaging movie, marred by foul language, violence and a brief but graphic sex scene seen in a TV program.