For years I’d have British friends visit the UK and complain about how “hoodies” have taken over the streets and basically destroyed the UK. I brushed off these observations as complaints of men who fear the new young generation, just like their parent’s generation feared them. Even the British movies portray these new hoods as something to fear but still I thought it was just exaggerated movie drama but looking at the ongoing riots around the UK there must be something there. So in the spirit of I should have known better here are some movies that I should have heeded.
Michael Caine plays an elderly pensioner living in the estates (the British version of the ghetto). His old time friend is killed by young thugs after he tried to confront them about their behaviour (Which just happened to a pensioner in real life). After Caine’s character loses his friend the loss brings back his long forgotten military training as he gets revenge with his own brand of vigilante justice. The movie climaxes when the youth start a riot in response to police action but really all I should be saying for this movie is Michael FUCKING Caine!
For Queen and Country
This oldie but a goodie stars a young Denzel Washington putting on a British accent and kicking ass in old school London. Looks more into what causes the violence on the estate and how the bobbies deal with it. The movie portrays the youth of the estates as basically militia soldiers who when forced against a wall by police action resort to making legitimate weapons out of whatever garbage is lying around. Released in 1989 the movie still has relevance today and you could substitute Denzel’s character military experience with any of the present conflicts that the UK is involved in today.Which brings us to our next movie:
The main character in 2011’s The Veteran was an up and coming military black ops man who had experience in the world worst hot spots. Becoming disillusioned with his life he quits the military and returns to his flat in the estates only to find a different sort of war. More of a terrorist, conspiracy, thriller movie the film still takes place in the ghetto and you get that one man against the ghetto hoodies feel. I’m not sure if this movie got an American release yet or even if it did well in the UK which would be a travesty as this was one of the action movies that got lost in the big blockbusters this year.
These are just off the top of my head but if you’ve got some more let me know!
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Oh and whenever Michael Caine is brought up there needs to be this video:
The above video! Classic!!
I’ve never seen Harry Brown but it just made my list…love Michael Caine.! Hollywood as soothsayer? Hmmm…well, stranger things have happened. Nice post!
Harry Brown is awesome.
The veteran was really good too. These films point toward far more than these London riots by the way.
Both movies are about military veterans that lose their respective shit.
Look for a lot of this in the next few years particularly if the US/UK leave the sandbox and out of work combat vets come home to shit conditions and no jobs.
“You failed to maintain your weapon son.”
Priceless. That goes on the list.
Where is this list you, speak of?
Formerly, ‘the observer’ now the Raven.
YOU are SO RAVEN.
Whatever call sign you are using, welcome back.
The list? Just one we are composing here. I want to add BLITZ to this list as well.
You mean the Jason Statham one?
Why do you say that?
In respect to elements of the public losing respect for authority and “the system” and things falling apart.
I’m inspired to watch Harry Brown. Caine’s autobiography, “What’s It All About?” is a pretty good read. In it, he talks a bit about his time in the service in Korea. Also enjoyed the clip yosomono posted.
Outlaw with Sean Bean also deserves a mention:
The Outlaw movie definitely nails down the connections between corrupt police and the underworld, which isn’t that surprising considering the corruption being revealed in the NOTW scandal.
Bad boys, bad boys
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
When they come for you…