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Harry Brown

(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: R — for strong violence and language throughout, drug use and sexual content
  • Director: Daniel Barber   Cast: Emily Mortimer, Michael Caine, Iain Glen, Liam Cunningham, Jack O'Connell
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
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Genre

Suspense/Thriller

Producer

Keith Bell, Matthew Brown, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn

Distributor

Samuel Goldwyn Films

Release Date

Apr 30, 2010

Release Notes

Limited

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Review

In Harry Brown, an old-age-pensioner Death Wish, murderous punks are taking over an English housing project and the mild, elderly widower Harry (Michael Caine) is driven, after a friend is murdered, to get back in touch with the soldier self he shamefacedly laid to rest after serving in Northern Ireland. I wish there were another wrinkle, but it is what it is: Seething Harry clearing the streets of scummy thugs while a detective (Emily Mortimer) on his tail wrestles with ethical questions that are finally beside the point when a taunting homicidal degenerate’s hands are around her throat. The chief problem is that Caine makes a grave, soulful vigilante avenger, and first-time director Daniel Barber gives the film a dank, streaky, genuinely unnerving palette. Moral artists have no business making a fascist, reactionary movie this effective. To hell with them.

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