All posts tagged: Harry Brown

DVD Reviews: A Couple of SOBs — “Harry Brown” and “Solitary Man”

Film legends Michael Caine and Michael Douglas return with two diversely different films. Both men, each two-time Academy Award winners, no longer have anything to prove and could easily rest on their laurels and fade from view, or churn out the same supporting roles time and again. However, both Caine and Douglas show a need to be challenged, a need to keep their muses alive, as the lead roles offered to them become fewer and fewer, particularly in a youth obsessed movie culture that cares more about effects and numbers of screens rather than story and content. Michael Caine stars in Harry Brown, a tense English thriller written by Gary Young and directed by Daniel Barber released earlier this year (and reviewed by our esteemed Mr. Cashill).  Caine is the titular character, a quiet man suffering from emphysema, living in a run down apartment complex in South London. From his window he watches youths terrorize the neighborhood, yet he does nothing. He appears resigned to live out his days without getting involved. Each day, Brown …

No Concessions: Michael Caine Revengeful, “Metropolis” Restored

Last week, Hit Girl. This week, Hit Pensioner, as Michael Caine mows ’em down as Harry Brown. This is familiar territory for Caine, whose nasty gangland thriller Get Carter still reverberates in the culture 40 years later. The difference is that the actor is 78 years old, a time when most performers are happy (or perhaps resigned) to play eccentric old duffers and let the younger guys (and 11-year-old kids) walk tall among the scum-infested pedestrian walkways of blighted urban areas. I can’t enter an underpass without thinking about the terrible crime inflicted on poor Monica Bellucci in the notorious French-made rape-revenge saga Irreversible (2002), and the one here promises even worse horrors. The film begins with housing estate hooligans, who hole up in the tunnel to shoot drugs and God knows what else, terrorizing and grievously injuring a mum who is strolling with her baby. From what the film tells us, those estates, where Helen Mirren walked a beat in the Prime Suspect shows, have only gotten worse since she retired from the force. …