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4.0 out of 5 stars
Don't mess with Harry!, 23 April 2010
A thriller with social comment. Michael Caine back to his best as Harry Brown, a senior citizen ex-marine who left all that behind when he got married. Now his wife has passed on and when his best friend is killed by low-lifes on a sink estate somewhere in a British city, Harry reverts to type. In some ways echoing the vigilante theme of 'Death Wish'...this film is saved by its excellent performances and the stark realism of present day society.Maybe the present politicians and Met should watch it and learn something. The police top brass are portrayed here as unthinking, bone-headed, white-washing pension sitters. Maybe this isn't far from the truth?
My only criticism is that it is perhaps too dark. Only the investigating police officer seems to have any 'light and shade' to her character. Otherwise Harry is 'good' and everyone else is 'bad'......which is too simplistic.
But a modern classic nonetheless.