Just try to walk out of this film without feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders! As always, Michael Caine gives a stunning, tear-jerking performance, this time as a sweet old man who loses everything due to some messed up bullies. From the moment this film hits the big screen you know you’re in for something out of the ordinary. This is probably one of the darkest movie’s that I’ve seen in a long time because the violence is set it a real life setting and unlike many action/thriller movies these days, the deaths are heavy and have a huge impact on the characters and therefore the audience…
- Director: Daniel Barber
- Writer: Gary Young
- Actors: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Jack O’Connell and Liam Cunningham
- Music by: Ruth Barrett and Martin Phipps
- Cinematographer: Martin Ruhe
- Michael Caine: Come on! He’s Michael Caine! At this point in his career you know that if he shows up to do a dramatic performance he’s going to have an effect on you, one you can’t easily shake off. My god he had me in a puddle of my own tears cheering him on as he tore a group of hooligans to shreds. The pain he felt was palpable and it’s impossible not to feel for his character, which was dire for this story to work.
- Siding with the Violence: As much as I don’t condone violence, it’s nice to see the little cunts get their ass beat by an old man who they’ve traumatized for years. It’s hard not to have some kind of cathartic experience after watching an old man who has lost everything and be beat down finally get some form of redemption and start kicking some ass. It’s a bit of a dangerous response for an audience to have though and one that walks a fine line.
- Surprise Actor: Sean Harris, killer bad guy! I had no idea who he was but I immediately went home and googled him. Can’t wait to see him creep out more people!
The Hard Part:
- The Pain: Watching Michael Caine cry and have his life torn apart for about an hour straight before he reaches a breaking point is not easy. They certainly justified his actions, but it’s not a fun ride by any means. After about 20 minutes of pain I realized it wasn’t over, we were going to have to hit absolute bottom before coming up for air. I will say the contrast is quite interesting.
I’m not sure if walking out of a movie feeling both violent and scared is a good thing, but I do love a good movie that leaves you with so many complex thoughts. One thing is for sure… This is not a ride that you can just sit back and watch, it’s an experience.
Harry Brown will be select theaters starting April 30th.