Violence and Courage, the latter winning.
It's not often a film with such violence keeps disciplined reins on the whole to give us cinema with integrity, guts, and an interesting and absorbing view of the subject matter. This time it's the deterioration of youth against a backdrop of high-rise housing, drugs and physical and verbal abuse.
Harry Brown (Michael Caine) and his friend, Leonard Attwell (David Bradley) play chess at the local pub, the Barge Inn, in between visits to his dying wife, Kath. They both live on a housing estate in obviously the poorer part of town, where the local youth are out of control, meeting in gangs and threatening the inhabitants, shooting a woman as she wheeled her baby in a pram simply because they had guns.
Leonard comes to the attention of a group of youths, and it's his ultimate fate that decides Harry Brown (ex marine) on a course of avengement. Michael Caine's Harry is a quiet man with a determined courage against all odds. After all, these kids have it in the bag, neither hampered by conscience nor morals.
The acting is superb. Special mention to Sean Harris as Stretch, and Liam Cunningham as Sid, Publican of the Barge Inn. A truly must-see film.