Dang. Just when I get my hopes up for a flick in which Michael Caine walks around and kicks everybody’s asses, it has to disappoint. So much for listening to my heart. *sniff*
It’s not the story or writing is bad, because it certainly wasn’t. The problem, I think, lies in the advertising. I was expecting a taut psychological awesome-fest, but I instead received a boring tour of the crime-ridden parts of England with a sad “pensioner” as the guide.
Michael Caine is Harry Brown, and although he is not as awesome as I thought he might be, he still rocks the screen pretty hard, spitting out one-liners better than most of America’s action talent. Emily Mortimer is a welcome surprise as the detective investigating the violence around Harry Brown.
They must’ve had a pretty decent budget to destroy as much stuff as they did. I say this because the film doesn’t look that expensive. Take out the action bits, and it could probably fit in among the rest of the discount drama bin fare on the basis of visuals.
Again, they blow up and/or destroy a surprising amount of stuff in this film. Most of the non-human effects are really good, on account of being done practically. On the flip side, the knife and gun violence aren’t that great, only slightly above those of The Expendables.
I really wanted this to be great, but it just ended up being good.
Still worth a watch, especially for fans of the Caine.