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Film Reviews – Harry Brown (2009) and Moon (2009)

Film: Harry Brown
Released: 2009
Starring:
Michael Caine
Directed by:
Daniel Barber
Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven Excellent

Synopsis:
Michael Caine returns to the vengeance-fuelled chills of GET CARTER for this contemporary thriller in which he seeks to avenge the death of an elderly friend. Marking his feature film directorial debut, Daniel Barber presents a London that’s a million miles away from the picturesque beauty of holiday brochures but instead a hellish city where menace lurks in the shadows of its streets. When his friend is brutally murdered by a group of disaffected youths, ex-serviceman Harry Brown (Caine) takes the law into his hands, vowing to hunt each of the culprits down…

Review:
If there was ever any doubt, this movie proves that Michael Caine has still got what it takes to completely fill a lead role and make it his own. As the titular character, Caine is entirely believable and his performance is so natural you could believe he really is a vigilante pensioner. I smell the whiff of an Oscar nomination – if there’s any justice in the world, he’ll get at least a nod for Best Actor.

Film: Moon
Released: 2009
Starring: Sam Rockewell; Kevin Spacey (voice only)
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven Excellent

Synopsis:
After spending three years on the moon as a solitary miner, Sam Bell (Rockwell) is almost ready to return home to his wife and daughter. But as his homecoming approaches, he begins to experience strange things that can’t be explained and his employer may have a sinister plan in mind for him. MOON is the directorial debut of commercial helmer Duncan Jones.

Review:
It’s rare that any actor gets the chance to be pretty much the only person in a film, but even more rare to see that role filled so eloquently. Moon is a fabulous showcase for Sam Rockwell’s immense talent. Despite being science fiction, his performance is such that the situation is incredibly believable. While watching, I became completely invested in Sam’s welfare (for yes, his character is also called Sam) and wanted so much for everything to work out well for him.

The other actor involved throughout (albeit in voice-only mode) was Kevin Spacey, whose voice is perfectly suited to the calming tones of the computer programmed to monitor Sam’s health (mental, emotional and physical) and the systems and machines he needs to complete his work and to survive in his remote outpost on the moon. If there is ever a remake of 2001 Space Odyssey I hope they cast him as HAL – he’s superb onscreen but what he can convey with just his voice is wonderful.

This is a must-see film for fans of science fiction, space and psychological profiles, but also those who enjoy tight writing and acting at its very best.