Get Carter

Joe's Preview Review: 

The best looking preview featuring Sylvester Stallone... ever. Sly as a debt collector for the mob who tries to do good late in his life. With the scruffy, dark look of Payback, and the speedy flow of the preview this movie looks like a winner. The first winner for Stallone in a long, long while. A possible invigoration of a long lost movie career.

Joe's Review: 

If I could rename Get Carter I'd probably call it "Get Me the Hell Out of The Theatre". A remake of a British classic replacing taking the role of a top tier actor Brit actor, Michael Caine, and replacing him with the human script ruiner Sly "I Have the Worst Acting Range in Recorded History" Stallone. Rachel Leigh Cook in a role of utter stupidity as a 17 year old girl oblivious to all truths and everything going on around her except that she knows her father was murdered. Her father is Stallone's brother, and mysteriously dies in a car accident. Jack Carter (Stallone) comes in to check things out, and turn over some stones. Immediately he suspects his bro's boss (Caine) and the local crime boss (the perpetually awful Mickey Rourke) involved in the situation. Alan Cumming puts in his usual funny but basically useless role as a squirmy rich computer tycoon.

Director Steven T. Kay, who's partially responsible for the horrible The Mod Squad film remake, tries to use the in vogue styles of scratchy editing, and darkened prints and out of focus shots to give the movie a cool look. The same thing was done for The Mod Squad. It all adds up to a look that's been done to perfection by it's greatest innovator in recent years Steven Soderburgh (Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, and the upcoming Catherine Zeta-Jones film Traffic). The movie would have been a strong vehicle for a good actor too bad it stars Stallone. He mumbles and stumbles through an normal, predictable plot that has been updated by adding some internet references. The dialogue isn't badly written by American History X scribe David McKenna but the portrayal is just awful. The movie had no direction, no actor knew what they were supposed to do; they all make up their own minds and decide to overact. The only worthwhile thing in the the movie is the music and one cool upside down shot of a car. Stay away from this one as if it were the sequel to Double Team, another great Mickey Rourke endeavor.

Rating: 1 out of 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Joe Soria
Running Time: 102 Mins
Rated R for violence, language, nudity, and drug use.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rachel Leigh Cook, and Michael Caine
Directed by: Stephen T. Kay (writer of The Mod Squad)
Written by: David McKenna (American History X, Body Shots)


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