#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don’t have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands.
Plot: An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend’s murder by doling out his own form of justice.
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The Michael Caine Show
Harry Brown is a pensioner, and former Marine, living in a very run-down apartment complex (or is it flat) in the urban quarter of London. It’s a crappy place to be; kids ling their drugs and guns, and beat up those who happen to venture just a little far out into the path. One of those is Harry’s friend, Leonard Atwell, who tries to defend himself against the scum on the streets and winds up stabbed with his own knife. Brown is distraught over this (already he’s been all alone since his wife just died and a daughter died many years before, perhaps during childbirth or as a child), and knows the cops won’t do much about it despite doing some investigations. So, Brown takes his skills as a former Marine, before facing off against the Northern Irish years before, and uses it to exact payback.
Immediately moviegoers will flash to Gran Torino, as a story of a lonely, grumpy old man mixing it up with gang-bangers in a part of town he should have moved out of. But it actually owes more to Taxi Driver in some part- an ex-Marine wiping “the scum off the streets”- and of course Charles Bronson in Death Wish. But as Michael Caine points out in interviews, there was a certain underlying joy Bronson had with his character of Paul Kersey in the Death Wish movies, even in the first one which was most gritty. This film, about the horror of gang violence and drugs and prostitution as an everyday occurrence, really hits the spot far better than the shots of gang-bangers in Eastwood’s film. In fact, I would go as far as to say Harry Brown trumps Gran Torino in the department of being about “something” (Torino about racism, Brown about vigilantism).
And at the center of a film directed with an artful, patient eye by newcomer Daniel Barber, and written with wisdom and tough attitude when it needs to be by Gary Young, is Michael Caine’s performance. He’s so good in a film like this because we believe this is Harry Brown, or what he might be like, and we can see ourselves in a part of Brown due to Caine’s sympathy (or even empathy) with the character. This is a man of reserve, but also resolve, and when he takes to the streets it’s because it’s really a last resort, a kind of fight for survival as well as revenge, and Caine doesn’t hold back when Brown needs to shed some tears, or to have that fierceness in his eyes against these young punks. One such scene, which I’ll not soon forget, is after he plugs a bullet into the gut of a junkie dumbass who tries to pull a gun on Brown as he’s purchasing a few weapons, and tells a story about a fellow officer he was fighting alongside who had to die in the trenches because of a lack of medical care.
It’s one of the best scenes I’ve ever seen with Caine in it, and overall the film provides him the opportunity for another piece of superb work. Less remarkable, though still decent, is Emily Mortimer, who provides some sensitivity but also is a little soft in a way for the character of a no-nonsense detective hot on the heels of the Atwell/young-punks case (in some scenes, frankly, I just didn’t buy her as a detective). But this is so small a flaw that it’s hard to judge the film against it. Harry Brown takes its subject matter by the throat, treats it cinematically with care, and when it’s violent you get shaken up and when Brown is in the shadows one suddenly wonders why Caine didn’t play Batman in Nolan’s movies. A serious near-classic on street violence and revenge. 9.5/10
Michael Caine is one badass pensioner
It is not hard to find shook stories in the British media about youth violence, youth crime and the hoodie menace; particularly in the estates of London and there is some truth about gang culture and sink estates. Harry Brown is a film that takes on this subject in what was dubbed the British Gran Torino.
Harry Brown (Michael Caine) is a retired Royal Marine living alone on a South London sink estate cursed with youth violence. Gangs run the streets, attacking people, robbing vehicles, shooting guns, taking drugs and making live Hell for the residents. His oldest friend Leonard (David Bradley) can not take it any more and since he had no support from the police he goes to confront the gang and ends up gets killed for his troubles. Harry decides to go on a mission of revenge, getting firearms and torturing and killing way to the truth and taking on both a local gang leader, Noel (Ben Drew/Plan B) and drug runners. And two CID officers, DI Alice Frampton (Emily Mortimer) and DS Terry Hicock (Charlie Creed Miles) investigate both the case involving both Leonard’s murder and the crimes Harry has committed.
Harry Brown was Daniel Barber’s feature debut and he shows that he is a very skilled director. He was able make a very compelling, fast paced revenge thriller in a gritty urban setting. The violence felt real, with shooting being very bloody. Barber did not hold back showing the horrors of this kind of world, with innocent people being randomly attacked, including shooting a woman pushing a pram (though I would have thought the police would put a lot of man power into that investigate). The gang is shown to willing to act sexually to work, such as grabbing a woman and pushing their hips towards hers. There are chilling moments, like when Noel is with a young girl and tightens her scarf around her neck. Barber uses mobile phone cameras and camcorders for short periods to give an added scene of realism and show what the gangs would have seen. The police raid and riot was also really well make, quickly smashing into flats and the whole of the youth of the estate throwing anything they could at the police.
Harry Brown is meant to be Michael Caine’s last starring role in a film and it was an incredible performance. He was able to show his range and determination in a film about a man who had lost everything and wants to set everything right. Considering the story is pretty standard, Caine and Barber did an incredible job. Emily Mortimer is one of those actresses who does give her all in a film and she was interesting as a committed, but kind officer who does care about people: though some hints about her past would have added a little depth. Ben Drew shows a lot of promise as an actor being a sinister little thug and he was truly unlikeable person, with a mum who would defence him to hilted. Bradley was able very believable as a man who had suffered for a long time and it really did look like he was a long time friend of Harry.
Whilst overall the film is excellent, some elements of the plot reminded me the Tom Clancy novel Without Remorse, about an ex-military guy getting revenge against a gang to gain revenge. It follows a similar route, of a man killing and torturing way to the true and being as ruthless as possible. This is a film that does a have a right wing tone how the police has failed, that people can take justice into their own hands and that the majority of kids living on an estate are violence drug dealers who have fun tormenting people. I do believe it is true that the police can be hopeless dealing with unsocial behaviour, thinking it is not worth their time or say they can not do anything, say for a lack of evidence: there are a number of shock stories in the media about that, so Harry Brown does have a valid point there. But this a film that takes all the hoodie stereotypes and pushes them to their extremes: I would have thought the police would have taken action because of the violence. Also Harry Brown certainly wanted to make a effort sure the bad guys were as unlikeable as possible, like a leading drug running forcing a hoodie to perform oral sex.
Overall I personally think Harry Brown is a better film then Gran Torino because Harry took a more proactive route and he nothing to loose. He was a character more willing to use violence and did not have to take on an issue like racism.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min), 1 hr 37 min (97 min) (Toronto International) (Canada)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Daniel Barber
Writer Gary Young (screenplay)
Actors Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Charlie Creed-Miles, David Bradley
Awards 1 win & 4 nominations.
Production Company Marv Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Sony CineAlta F35, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Sony DCR-PC2E
Laboratory DeLuxe, UK
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Video (DV), Video (HDTV)
Cinematographic Process DV (source format) (some scenes), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), HDCAM SR (1080p/24) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)