If there’s one good thing about Christopher Nolan’s hiatus from the Batman franchise, it’s that it gives some of the key players room to shine by themselves. Case in point, Michael Caine in Harry Brown. Caine plays an elderly gentleman in a neighborhood besieged by thugs, who, after the death of his friend, takes to the streets and makes those young punks rue the fucking day.
Yeah, it’s a little bit of Gran Torino, and maybe a little bit of The Brave One. But it’s Michael Caine, showing the toughness that he hinted at in The Dark Knight (“We burned the forest down”), and reminiscent of his older roles. Frankly, while the plot is nothing new, it looks like it could be pretty terrific. The character of Harry Brown seems to show a little more emotion than one would suspect in a lot of the more rote revenge flicks, and besides — it’s Michael freakin’ Caine.
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