Wednesday, May 5, 2010

HARRY BROWN - A BADASS DISMISSAL



HARRY BROWN - A BADASS DISMISSAL
By: Mediasaurus Rex

There is no real reason why Michael Caine should get the respect he does. HARRY BROWN is Caine being the same shmuck he has always been, except this time he is trying to channel Travis Bickle.

HARRY BROWN is a vigilante movie, and it really has nothing going for it other than some disturbing scenes of a seedy area in Britain called "The Estates." The Estates are similar to what we in America would refer to as "the projects."

Michael Caine plays Harry Brown, an ex-military man with a shrouded past. In fact, his past is so shrouded that when the film ends, there is little that can be said for it. The truth of the matter is this: the only reason Harry Brown was written with a military background is so that he would be able to shoot guns in the third act of this mean spirited film.

When Harry's friend is killed, he dives into the criminal element and chalks up a decent body count. Emily Mortimer plays the detective who is trying to figure out what is going on with Harry. When she does find out, she spares him. In a nutshell, that is the film. It is a retread, and it is vicious. HARRY BROWN is GRAN TORINO with teeth. HARRY BROWN is a cliche of a film built on the TAXI DRIVER chassis with no creativity whatsoever. This film doesn't deserve a serious review; it deserves a good punt into the bargain bin. What a waste of my time.


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