The same week a senior citizen and ex-veteran nicknamed “Epic Beard Man” takes the internet by storm in a viral video showing him pound a black man in a bus I watched Harry Brown, a movie about a senior citizen, ex-marine and widower who is fed up with the young punks who have taken control of the neighborhood and decides to take justice into his own hands and shows that, to quote Epic Beard Man, you should not fuck with senior citizens.
Harry Brown is a revenge movie like many others. You can compare it to the old school movies like Death Wish, simple B-movies like Hard To Kill, or recent films like The Brave One and Death Sentence and you’ll won’t find much differences. They all follow the same trend: people close to the character get killed and the police won’t do much about it as there’s no evidence. So our guy or girl gets some guns or is skilled in martial arts (or both) and goes vigilanty on their asses. Sometimes we get the cop perspective also as they have to solve these killings but shouldn’t want to as in the end the scum is being taken of the streets. These movies are simple fun and while you cheer for the vigilante in real life people should not take justice in heir own hands, but hey in these movies bad guys are always simplified and presented as pure evil.
If Steven Seagal could act Harry Brown would be a movie which would really fit him. I realized this the moment it is mentioned in the movie that Harry Brown, played by Sir Michael Caine, is an ex-marine. References to his past are made but he on multiple occasions states that he is not that man anymore, and has left that behind him. This is the character Seagal has been playing for over 20 years now, but with Seagal performing the lead this would have been a straight to DVD action movie with a lot of broken bones. The script is that of a B-movie, but the presence of Sir Caine elevates a movie light this to a higher level. He can do a role like this in his sleep, but it still is a solid performance of a man losing his wife to an illness and a friend to violence in such a short period of time. His Harry Brown is reluctant and realistic, not a super-man at all. His age is taken into account in a realistic way as he doesn’t have the energy anymore to chase fleeing youth.
But I do bet this would be no problem for Epic Beard Man.