Friday, February 12, 2010

Harry Brown (2009)

I noted last week that Eden Lake has finally made it to Central America as El Silencio del Lago. The equally oikophobic British revenge thriller Harry Brown is also sure to entertain audiences who don't mind seeing the complex social problems of the UK's sink estates being sorted out by the simple device of an old codger with an automatic pistol.

Some critics have of course found this mix of social realism and social cleansing a bit unsettling. But Caine delivers such a measured charismatic performance that I hardly sensed the disjoint whenever this vulnerable old man switched into merciless vigilante mode.

Grade: B+

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