Harry Brown


The Details

Harry Brown
Three stars
Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Charlie Creed-Miles
Directed by Daniel Barber
Rated R
Beyond the Weekly
Harry Brown
IMDb: Harry Brown
Rotten Tomatoes: Harry Brown

Given his startling ability to turn on a dime from cheery bluster to dead-eyed savagery, it was only a matter of time before Michael Caine got to star in London’s version of Death Wish. Like its model, this tale of a kindly pensioner’s descent into vigilante violence seems far too pleased with its own amped-up scuzziness, but it does provide Caine with his finest showcase in years, affording him multiple opportunities to wrap that silky-steel voice around barely veiled threats and mock-sorrowful farewells. Emily Mortimer fares less well in the obligatory role of the Voice of Conscience whose moral outrage inevitably crumbles the instant her own personal safety is threatened. No atheists in foxholes, no pacifists in chokeholds.


Previous Discussion:

  • This year’s event features another packed lineup of short films, with more than 120 selections spread over 20-plus thematic programs and four days.

  • The three-day event—which will showcase more than 50 short films, along with one feature—kicks off with a free night of films at Backstage Bar and ...

  • Returning to the Palms, LVFF 2018 offers talked-about indie films shorts programs, animation, student films, parties and more.

  • Get More Film Stories
Top of Story