Michael Caine adds another solid to his resume. Though Harry Brown breaks no new ground, it follows the traditional outlines of the vigilante film closely. And there’s something to be said for that. We know exactly what we’re going to get if we elect to view this film: violence from the criminal element, and even more violence from the criminal element. Until the put-upon innocents reach the breaking point and take matters into their own hands. It’s how and who from there on out.
The who is a geriatric ex-military pensioner (Caine) and the breaking point comes when his old pal and chess partner is harassed and beaten to death. How the authorities deal (or don’t) with the vigilantism is always part of the story as well.
All pretty standard fare, though there was one well done, dark, and atmospheric scene. This was when Harry goes to buy a gun and spends some tense moments in the viper den with some strung out and well-armed low-lifes. So if you’re in the mood for some cinematic revenge, this may hit the spot.