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DVD: Harry Brown (18)

Reviewed by Nick Clark

Pensioner Harry Brown (Michael Caine) spends his time between caring for his dying wife and drowning his sorrows with best friend Leonard down his local.

His life is torn apart when first his wife passes away and then Len, who had been terrorised by the kids who hang out on his estate, is found brutally murdered. As the police fail to respond, Harry, a former marine, decided to take on the killers himself and embarks on a journey into London's dark underbelly.

This Death Wish for the blue rinse brigade is a brutal and harrowing tale that marks the latest addition to the growing cannon of films playing on Britain's fear of feral teens. Initially hard-hitting and shocking, however, it too easily drops into a formulaic and often leery thriller. Caine is superb.

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