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20th November 2009

Summary:

Retired Royal Marine and widower Harry Brown (Michael Caine) lives an uneventful life shooting the breeze and playing chess with his mate Leonard (David Bradley) in their local boozer in Elephant & Castle. The neighbourhood, however, is less than idyllic, having become a hotbed of drug dealing and violent crime for savage rival gangs. The local law enforcement, in the form of detectives Frampton (Emily Mortimer) and Hickock (Charlie Creed-Miles), seem to do little more than deliver bad news when a shooting or knife attack claims another young life. However, when Leonard is murdered by one of the gangs and the police are powerless to prosecute, Harry decides to take the law into his own hands as he quietly prepares for payback and begins his merciless hunt for the killers.

Review:

Harry Brown is a proud person trying to mind his own business in a ever increasing violent society where values and morales are nil.We all are this person,see it ignore it,avoid it,until it affects you.The plot then gets into familiar territory covered many times in other films but the difference is the hero might be the old man who lives next door,or is he an anti hero?.We see the protagonists every time we walk into an inner city area,we cross the road to avoid them,we wonder why the police don't do anything about them.This is more than a film,this is inner city reality in this country to-day.As a film it is good entertainment,but I found it more important as a social comment of what this country has become.Highly recommended.Just a note about the performance of the gang ringleader,very disturbing and realistic,if you live in this type of place you will know someone just like him.