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Harry Brown [DVD] [2009]
Harry Brown [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cover lets it down, 12 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Harry Brown [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
They say never judge a book by its cover, well the same is true of a DVD. I'd heard good things about this film and seen some of the star ratings (mainly 4 and 5) from the film press and wider. But I put off buying it again and again, and when eventually I did, it lay unwatched for a couple of months.

The delay was all down to the cover; great shot of Caine and target (clearly trying to copy the theme of the Get Carter imagery), but then there's the shot of the 'youf' in the top left corner pulling a series of cheesey 'street' poses. And it was this ill judged image that just made me think the film was going to be a bit, well, cheesey! Lots of clichés born of middle class ideas of inner-city problems, that sort of thing.

I was very wrong. It's very hard hitting from the outset, well paced, and Caine really is at his best. Ben Drew as the ringleader of the nasty 'youf' is also extremely good; the scene with the police interview is shocking but really sets the scene for his character.

Yes it stretches the imagination a little bit and yes there are clichés; but if you just want a believable idea of how difficult life can be in those areas, watch Gary Oldman's Nil By Mouth.

All in all, a much better film than the poorly judged cover suggests.

Typhoon Capsule Riviera Blue Bread Bin
Typhoon Capsule Riviera Blue Bread Bin

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but flawed, 15 Dec. 2010
Loads of space and very well designed and built but the lid warped within a couple of weeks on ours. Ironically, still keeps bread fresh.

State Of Play [DVD]
State Of Play [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by NetsavesUK
Price: £2.42

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Hollywood remake..., 5 Nov. 2010
This review is from: State Of Play [DVD] (DVD)
I watched State of Play as the original BBC TV series and absolutely loved it; one of the best TV series I've ever seen. So I watched the film version with more than a hint of trepidation. OK, so it's not as good as the TV series, but for a whole hour less as a feature film, than the six hours for the series, it doesn't do a bad job. The fundamentals of the story are there, as you would expect, but they still manage to make inject a reasonable amount of clever detail into it.

That said, you cannot get around the fact that a defining feature of the original was the time spent with the journos in the newsroom and in the editor's office. Half the story was how a story unfolds in the media, and there's little of that here. Helen Mirren is good with what she's given but nothing like Bill Nighy's character in the original, who the rest of the characters and the whole story seem to hinge around (his decisions make or break the whole story.)

Ultimately, I watched this expecting to be disappointed (yes, that probably means I need to see a head doctor) but still found it pretty good. Made me want to watch the original series again though!

Mr Brooks [DVD]
Mr Brooks [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Price: £3.61

4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking film, 26 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Mr Brooks [DVD] (DVD)
This is a really good movie. Costner is understated and suits the role perfectly. Most of the time it's well paced with only a couple of flat bits. William Hurt and Dane Cook are also excellent, particularly the odd relationship between Costner and Hurt that really works without resorting to the 'devil on the shoulder' cliche. Demi Moore is OK but her character never really develops.
Overall, a really good film that kept us hooked all the way through.

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