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This review is from: Harry Brown [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Michael Caine is his usual best in this gritty expose of modern life in the inner suburbs of our cities. He plays the lonely recent windower and ex Commando with a fine degree of finess. Indeed this film is typical of many cities today showng the urban decay and of the hostle youth that is symptomatic of much of our life today.Where drug dealing is rampant and respect for each other simply doesn't exist. Unfortunately this is repeated over and over again.
Mr Brown is alone save for his one friend who unfortunately loses his life out of fear and frustrations for his own.Indeed Mr Brown's own anxieties and frustrations finally boil over into the chilling encounter with the two drug dealers and the final inevitable showdown in the underpass culmination in the hotel shoot out.Somewhat reminiscent of those eighties films starring Charles Bronson - 'Death Wish'.
Whilst it is somewhat simplistic in its message, good vs evil and social engineers will undoubtedly give it a thumbs down surely this is how life really is? Society has over succeeding generations contorted it self in excusing these mindless acts of violence and blaming every other reason rather than individuals takng responsibiity for their own actions.
The film does have some dark overtones but overall it is a very gritty but true depicton of city life today.
What was most tellng for me were the scenes of those appallng bleak concrete council estates where people eek out an exstance.Is this the best that society can offer?
What a damming enditement of town planning.
All in all a very enjoyable film. Caine in one of his best.