One sentence review: a searing indictment of Black ghetto thug culture in which not a single Black is seared or indicted!
To expand: This may in some ways be one of the best films I’ve ever seen. It was the work of a mature director who was confident enough in his material to take his time and allow both tension and character to grow naturally. The choice of Emily Mortimer to play the lead detective was an inspired piece of casting as shoe was by turns compassionate, smart and utterly incapable of standing up to the savagery that surrounded her.
Its hard to imagine a more damning indictment of the utterly feckless British Police who have devolved into a fever swamp of anarcho-tyranny which Sam Francis defined as…
What we have in this country today, then, is both anarchy (the failure of the state to enforce the laws) and, at the same time, tyranny—the enforcement of laws by the state for oppressive purposes; the criminalization of the law-abiding and innocent through exorbitant taxation, bureaucratic regulation, the invasion of privacy, and the engineering of social institutions, such as the family and local schools; the imposition of thought control through “sensitivity training” and multiculturalist curricula, “hate crime” laws, gun-control laws that punish or disarm otherwise law-abiding citizens but have no impact on violent criminals who get guns illegally, and a vast labyrinth of other measures. In a word, anarcho-tyranny.
And this movie pulls no punches when it comes to lambasting the utterly feminized police state the average Brit suffers under while the authorities try to understand the savages.
And while this movie is unrelenting in its portrayal of the realities of living in the ghetto the one thing they shied away from was showing us the racial realities of crime, even in Britain. In almost every scene with criminals we see Blacks, sometimes we even hear them yet they are never the problem. Somehow it is only Whites committing crimes here, this is my only real ding on the movie. This felt like an almost complete cop out, as if they knew what the problem was but were either too scared to show it or afraid to suggest that reality itself is “racist.”
However, If you ever wondered what the movie Deathwish might be like with an excellent actor in the lead role this is the movie for you.
On a larger societal note I have to wonder if this film will serve the same function that Deathwish or the Dirty Harry films served here in the States. In the mid seventies managerial Liberalism appeared to be triumphant, and the Dirty Harry films were set in San Francisco to rub our faces in that fact, yet these films which were wildly popular seemed to set the stage for the coming Conservative cultural battles of the eighties.
Will Harry Baker serve the same function for Brits? I’d like to think so but in my more pessimistic moments I do think they’ve given up and are too far gone to stage a comeback. It seems to me that when a people allow themselves to be disarmed they’ve given up the game civilization wise.
One final thought: People will be offering up hundreds of diagnosises of what the “real problem” is In Britain, my .02? This is the harsh reality of Socialism, it needs to be said that this is the end result when people allow themselves to be subdued and disarmed by their government. Those same governments always grow hostile to the traditional peoples of their lands and ultimately seek to replace them.