Harry Brown

"Every man has a breaking point."

Harry Brown is a 2009 British crime/thriller written by Gary Young, directed by Daniel Barber and distributed by Lionsgate UK. This movie is rated R and has a run time of 1 hour and 43 minutes. The title character is played by Michael Caine. Alone and retired from the Royal Marines, Harry is now living an in urban apartment estate that is rapidly being over run by hooligans.

Harry spends his days playing chess with his best friend, Len, and walking to the nearby hospital to visit Katherine, his comatose wife. There is a short cut to the hospital, through a tunnel, that Harry avoids due to the hooligans that hang out there. One day Harry is late for his visit with his wife due to taking the longer route, and when he arrives, Katherine has died.

Following the funeral of his wife, Len tells Harry that some of the hooligans have been harassing him. Stating that the police are of no help, Len shows Harry an old bayonet he now carries to defend himself, just in case.

The day after talking with Len and seeing the bayonet, Harry is visited by two police officers. The officers inform Harry that Len has been killed by some gang members. They tell Harry that, even if caught, the hooligans may only be charged with manslaughter because Len was stabbed with his own bayonet, and they could plead self defense.

Following Len's funeral, Harry is attacked by one of the boys suspected of the murder. After a quick struggle, Harry ends up stabbing the boy. With his wife dying, his best friend murdered and the attack on him, Harry decides something needs to be done about the gang problem in his neighborhood.

Harry begins following a local dealer and is eventually led to a higher-up dealer, and Harry goes in after to buy a pistol. Armed and no longer caring what happens to himself, Harry Brown begins fighting back.

R
| 2009 | 1 hr 43 min | 7.2/10
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