Release Date: April 30, 2010
Starring: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer,
Charlie Creed Miles, Ben Drew,
and Liam Cunningham
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 102 minutes
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Daniel Barber
Executive Producer: Christos Michaels, Reno
Antoniades, Tim Smith, Paul
Brett, Steve Norris, and Tim
Producer: Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn,
Matthew Brown, and Keith Bell
Writer: Gary Young
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Meyer Gottlieb, President
Samuel Goldwyn Films
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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.
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.