Harry Brown is retired and living in a
crowded apartment complex (aka council estates). The buildings are terrorized
by a gang of youths. He loses his wife to cancer and his friend to the
gang. He decides to take justice into his own hands and his old Marine
training kicks in. HARRY BROWN is a cinematic crime drama that paints violence
as ugly and shows a side of the United
Kingdom the world rarely sees. It is steeped
in truth and twists into a drama about an old man with nothing to lose and a police that barely can keep crime down. Detective Inspector Alice Frampton is trying to do her job and investigates the murder
of Harry’s friend. Will she discover Harry is behind the growing body count
HARRY BROWN touts another high caliber
performance from Michael Caine. The movie is gritty looking with a powerful
score. It starts slow and builds tempo with scene. Director Daniel Barber creates a world that is filled with truth and pull out one of the best Michael Caine
films in quite a long while. He imagined the film as a British Western
and Michael Caine in the Gary Cooper role. HARRY BROWN is a masterful crime
drama worth seeing.
The audio commentary with Director Daniel
Barber, Producer Kris Thykier, and Michael Caine features plenty stories about the making of the film while Michael Caine
amuses with a few entertaining (and sometimes funny) stories from his career and life.
Seven deleted scenes (17 minutes total)
feature visible boom mikes more than once, but it does have three good scenes- Harry’s conversation with a priest, Harry
discussing chess with DI Frampton, and an extended scene that includes the best line in the film (You failed to maintain your
weapon, son) and the best line cut from the film (Perfect Planning prevents piss-poor performance). What is missing from the DVD is the theatrical trailer.
FINAL ANALYSIS: HARRY BROWN is an unflinching film that showcases another great performance from Michael Caine in
a gritty crime drama with a powerful music score.
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