A very, very grim look at a London council estate, full of thuggish hoodies doing drug deals and fighting in the street, Harry brown is downbeat in all aspects. The camera work and lighting are a mix of shakey hand held, and monotone colours.
Michael Caine gives a pitch perfect performance as a quiet pensioner living among this hellish estate, watching from the windows of his flat the chaos around him. His quiet existence is shattered when his freind is beaten to death by the young thugs. Not long after he is confronted by one young scumbag and uses his old military skills to defend himself. From this point on it really is a case of Caine getting a gun and exacting revenge on the gang, eventually leading to a tension filled conclusion where few survive.
Whilst the subject matter is very grim, the film is so well constructed in story, characterisation, performances and direction, that it is an enjoyable movie experience. Be warned though this is full of very graphic violence, and bad language. Most people draw a comparison to this and Death wish, but it is actually closer in terms of look, feel and story of the Sean Bean thriller Outlaw.