Harry Brown [Blu-ray
Harry Brown (Michael Caine), a former Royal Marine who served in Belfast decides to turn vigilante when his best friend is murdered. Agism works in his favour because the police chief won't believe in a "vigilante pensioner", but one very astute female D.I suspects it's him. Like all Caine films this one has a subtle anti-establishment theme, but more strongly shows the violence that rules Britain as well as Canada, not just the USA. Guns, drugs, gangs and murder. It's kinda like The Wire meets Alfie (oops most of you are too young to remember Alfie is the movie that gave Caine his start). Still playing the working man, Caine finds his marine training is ingrained. He knows "the players" from watching out his window of the projects. As a pensioner I couldn't help but root for Harry Brown, the one man equalizer and chuckled at how agism worked in his favour.
The scene in the drug house where Brown goes to buy his piece is only too real. The seller passes thorugh his garden of grass to a filthy hole and offers Caine his stoned girlfriend for 50 quid, then ridicules him for not being "adequate". He shoots himself with heroine, then empties his gun and smokes crack -- it's very, very, real. Unfortunately for the dealer, Brown's gun isn't empty.
This film shows the seamy side of England seldom seen and looks a lot like junkie heaven as portrayed in Hollywood films. Can you imagine an aged 'Dirty Harry' (pun intended, sorry about that) w/ emphazima chasing a killer down the back streets of London? Michael Caine is phenomenal and the British supporting cast while all good actors pale in comparison. There are edge-of-your seat times and times of 'normal' British life with pub scenes (well normal for this generation -- it's not Miss Marple pub scenes). Well done Harry Brown!