Harry Brown Movie Review

What happens when you piss off Michael Caine? Not much a majority of the time, but when he does decide to do something, it’s with some style and a shot to the head.

Short nitty-gritty plot description from IMDb is as follows: An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend’s murder by doling out his own form of justice.   

Here’s a movie that’s been out for awhile (2009) and I finally got around to seeing it on Netflix. Although not exactly what I thought it was going to be (Michael Caine shooting wannabe gangsters 24/7), it turned out to be a slow burn with barely any dialogue. When something does happen though, it’s surprising, graphic and completely satisfying.

Michael Caine puts in a great performance as Harry Brown, a retired military man who decides to clean house on some extremely annoying thugs. Emily Mortimer shows up to play a detective investigating the murders and everyone else is pretty much there to get shot, stabbed and beaten to death.

Harry Brown is far from a big budget Hollywood film, but even with the small budget, director Daniel Barber was able to pull off a stylish and gritty look. If there is any truth to the scary setting he established, remind me never to go to the UK unless I bring an old man with emphysema with me.

Conclusion time! Harry Brown‘s slow storytelling might turn some people off, but that slowness is leading up to some tense scenes with a few brutal outcomes. If you can stick with it and forgive it’s turtle pace, you’ll be satisfied you did.


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