Last night, I was lucky enough to go to a premiere showing of the new Michael Caine film ‘Harry Brown’, courtesy of ‘See Film First‘
Set in modern-day Britain, HARRY BROWN follows one man’s (Sir Michael Caine) journey through a chaotic world where drugs are the currency of the day and guns run the streets. A modest law-abiding citizen, Harry Brown is a retired Marine and a widower who lives alone on a depressed housing estate. His only company is his best friend Leonard (David Bradley).
When Leonard is murdered by a gang of thugs, Harry feels compelled to act and is forced to dispense his own brand of justice. As he bids to clean up the run-down estate where he lives, his actions bring him into conflict with the police, led by investigating officer DCI Frampton (Emily Mortimer) and Charlie Creed-Miles.
I found the film to be very thought provoking and as I was leaving there were many people in the cinema mumbling about ‘how wrong it was’ or ‘what would they do in the same position’. The fact that the film gets everyone talking is a good thing. My initial reaction was ‘bloody hoodies and fair play to Harry’. But when the emotions have gone, I find myself thinking more about the causes of the problem and how we have come to this.
The film goes on general release this weekend and if you get a chance to go, it will be well worth your time.