Why did Hollywood think it was a good idea to take Get Carter
--Mike Hodges' classic 1971 study in gangster psychology--transplant the setting from decaying Tyneside to a present-day American metropolis, neuter the screenplay so that precious little of the original's acerbic humour and subtlety remain, and assign the lead role of Jack Carter, memorably taken by Michael Caine in the original, to Sylvester Stallone? No amount of Rocky-cum-Rambo routines can convince you that he's remotely inside the character, even though here Carter's psychotic side has been airbrushed out as he seeks revenge for the murder of his brother and rape of his niece.
Miranda Richardson is a wearily sympathetic Gloria, and Rachel Leigh Cook a not-too-bratish Doreen (is this actually used as an American name?). Mickey Rourke looks suitably wasted as loutish businessman Cyrus; Alan Cumming is an annoyingly smug computer whizz Kinnear (wouldn't you have pulled the trigger?), while Michael Caine loses all credibility for his cameo appearance as Cliff Brumby. Did he really need the cash?
On the DVD: Get Carter on disc is a classy but lifeless production. Extras include the theatrical trailer, cast and crew details, and six deleted scenes which are too brief to be more than off-cuts. Three spoken and nine subtitled languages are provided, and there's director Stephen Kay's pithy running commentary to enjoy. Even he, however, often sounds at a loss to explain just why the film was made. Thank goodness the original movie is also available on DVD. --Richard Whitehouse
jack carter vive e lavora a las vegas. qui viene a sapere che il fratello e' morto in un incidente stradale. carter ha tagliato i ponti con la sua famiglia da piu' di cinque anni, ma in questa occasione sente il bisogno di tornare a casa e capire cosa e' successo a suo fratello, vivendo questa possibilita' come l'occasione per un riscatto personale. ma quando arriva nella sua citta', la vedova, gloria, lo accoglie freddamente, e per la nipote doreen non e' altro che un estraneo. la morte del fratello e' avvolta da numerosi dubbi, figure sinistre del suo passato, come cyrus, un "pappa" nel giro della prostituzione, continuano ad attraversargli la strada e a fargli pensare che forse quello del fratello non e' stato un incidente. tutto questo portera' carter a cercare una vendetta personale.