WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A mob enforcer (Sylvester Stallone) decides to return home after the untimely death of his younger brother, and begins to suspect foul play after attending his funeral. Determined to find out what really happened, he then proceeds to open up an industrial size can of whup-ass and attempt set the record straight.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
First things first, this is a movie starring Sly Stallone so donít go in expecting an earth shattering Academy Award worthy performance. Still, with that having been said, he does manage to carry the movie pretty darn well with a character who you will quickly find yourself rooting for. Heís got charisma, a sharp sense of style and the biggest freaking biceps Iíve ever seen on a man in his fifties (I work out like a bastard and I only wish I looked half as good as that!) Sure, maybe his delivery is a little bland but it works for the movie, heís supposed to be the strong, silent type. Believe me, youíll enjoy the scenes where he proceeds to take out the proverbial garbage, kicking ass all over the place. His machismo filled showdown with Mickey Rourke was also well worth the price of admission.
I also really loved the soundtrack of the movie which supplied a dark, moody blend of trip hop and drum Ďn bass, which definitely added a great sense of flavor to the flick. It also relied heavily on the use of blue/gray filters which also helped create a bleak tone, and gave the film an extremely stylish look. My only real complaint with the film was that it moved along at an excruciatingly slow pace, as Sly carefully picked up pieces to the puzzle of his brotherís death. I was interested the whole way through but many might succumb to boredom, waiting for the pace to invariably pick up. The dialogue too, seemed a little lame/tame and could definitely have been "spruced" up by more graphic language. All in all, I enjoyed the movie and think itís a solid rental, given its style and fun action sequences.
The DVD is sadly, lacking big time in the extras department. What we get is 8 minutes of deleted scenes which are run back to back in a continuous segment, highlighted by titles between each one. The scenes donít add very much to the story and are for the most part, rather bland. Among the deleted stuff is an alternate ending which provides a small variation on what actually happened in the flick. Nothing spectacular here. The theatrical trailer for both this movie and the 1971 original are also included. Now, I donít usually make it a point of recommending people to check out trailers but please, if you rent or buy this DVD, check out the trailer for the original Get Carter! Itís absolutely hilarious. I almost soiled my underpants watching Michael Caine strut around buck naked with a shot gun in his hands after he gets busy with some hot English babe The voice-over narration is also wickedly funny. Take my advice and watch it, you wonít be disappointed.
A half decent movie coupled with excellent audio and video translates into a very solid rental. Fans of Stalloneís movies will want to buy Get Carter but for the casual viewer, donít be afraid to give it a look. Featuring a superb soundtrack, fine cinematography and some dark drama, Iíd recommend checking it out.