Conclusion: For those who don't mind a bit of crime and violence, 'Harry Brown' is certainly worth seeing, especially for fans of Michael Caine, who seems unable to deliver a bad performance (except perhaps in 'Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.'). However, I do question whether I will be wanting repeat viewings, once seems enough.
Excerpt: Harry Brown loves to punish the audience with a vicious, brutal display of violence. These revenge thrillers need to establish the criminals as sadistic in order for the vigilante hero to work as such, yet this film goes further. The film opens on two kids on a small motorcycle driving through a park, when they begin shooting at a mother with her child in a stroller.
Summary: I want a gun . Director Daniel Barber's Harry Brown is a modern reference-standard for the Vigilante picture. The film understands the genre better than most and, just as importantly, it captures the action, drama, emotion, inner turmoil, and outer violence of its complex character and visually gloomy world exceptionally well, all the while building an environment in which one can safely cheer for the dangerous, distressed, and personally and psychologically devastating...
Excerpt: The Film Vigilante films are typically going to be compared to Death Wish , and there is little getting round that fact. But with Harry Brown - starring Michael Caine in the title role - this is probably a fair and apt comparison. Both tell the tale of former military veterans who are pushed way beyond the typical breaking point, where the "hero" takes the law into his own hands racking up a body count, whilst the viewer is left with the question of whether it was really...
Excerpt: The concept of vigilantism is commonly associated with the homemade superhero craze. It's easy to forget that an individual with a vengeance doesn't have to have a cheesy name or be plain old deranged, but Harry Brown is as sane and simple as they come. Further pushing him into the world of the raw and deeply passionate is that he’s played by Michael Caine. This guy is the quintessential grandpa. He's Batman's Alfred for Christ's sake! But not here.
Excerpt: There’s a deceptive gravitas to the British vigilante thriller Harry Brown that some are bound to mistake for class—or even truth—in the way it grapples with one man’s violent stand against societal decay. Much of that is owed to Michael Caine, an actor of such rare dignity and stature that audiences are naturally willing to follow him anywhere, including into the heart of truly risible material.
Summary: Nominated for Breakthrough British Filmmaker award by the London Critics Circle, Daniel Barber's "Harry Brown" (2009) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK. The supplemental features on the disc include an audio commentary with Michael Caine, director Daniel Barber and producer Kris Thykier; cast and crew interviews; extended and deleted scenes; and a music video by Chase & Status. With optional English SDH subtitles. Region-B "locked".
Summary: Ever-watchable, Michael Caine enriches damn near everything he appears in, and he elevates this grim vigilante-fest from pretty darn good to essential viewing. Not for the squeamish, Harry Brown is chilling from its kinetic and brutal opening frames right through to the increasingly explosive violence inflicted by both Brown and the truly horrible council estate scumbags he pits himself against.