This is the British equivalent of the 2008 American film Gran Torino which starred Clint Eastwood as a crusty Korean War vet who gets caught in the crossfire of growing gang violence in his working class Michigan neighbourhood.
Like Eastwood, the character Michael Caine plays in this movie is a retired war veteran and widower. When his best friend Leonard is murdered by local thugs Harry goes on a quest for justice (and vengence) which puts him in conflict with the police.
Harry Brown plays tonight at the RPL at 9 p.m. Here’s the trailer.
And if you’re in the mood for a doublebill, French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet latest, called Micmacs, is screening at 7 p.m. It’s an imaginitive tale about a group of Parisian outcasts who band together to fight injustice with a MacGyver-like array of weapons. Here’s the trailer.