Tuesday, September 15, 2009

TIFF review: Harry Brown

It’s tempting, and not entirely inaccurate, to describe Harry Brown as a geriatric Death Wish, though many wags more likely will blurb it as Michael Caine’s Gran Torino. Either way you look at it, this bleakly gripping and sporadically exciting drama about a retired soldier who takes aim at young hoodlums (and their not-so-young enablers) in his London public-housing apartment complex could generate respectable theatrical coin and impressive homevideo action. And while it should skew toward older audiences, many younger ticketbuyers may be curious to see some serious ass-kicking by the actor they know best as Batman’s butler. You can read my Variety review here.

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