Sylvestor Stallone has done some awesome action movies in his time, but has his fire faded? He showed spark in Cop Land, but that wasn't exactly an action flick, and his last major success was Cliffhanger, and that was a long time ago.
So Get Carter is here to revive his career. Yeah. Right.
First off, I don't understand Hollywood's obsessions with redoing old flicks. Sure, sci-fi films like Planet of the Apes can be remade as many times as they want, and we can watch new Star Wars films and war films, but why remake a 1971 action film that no one has heard about? I just don't understand.
Michael Caine was the original Jack Carter, and somehow the British Oscar-winner got transformed into Sylvestor Stallone. Now, don't get me wrong - I like Sylvestor Stallone... as an action hero. With exception to Cop Land, he's not that great of an actor, and he doesn't need to be. But Get Carter is trying to be something it isn't, a blend of action and drama.
The movie is about a hit man who returns to town after his brother was killed in a car accident, only he doesn't think that it was a car accident that killed his brother. He begins to investigate and, sure enough, he stumbles across some interesting facts. Along the way, he gets to know his now fatherless niece.
The problem with Get Carter is... just about everything. The drama isn't good. The script isn't good. The acting isn't good. The action isn't good. Nothing is good. Even the directing isn't good.
Get Carter is 104 minutes long. If it had about 90 minutes more of action, it might have been a worthwhile flick, but instead it has about ten or fifteen minutes of action, which just isn't satisfactory considering that this film was advertised as an action flick starring Sylvestor Stallone (I read it as a possible comeback film). Most of the action scenes are inconclusive, and the only worthwhile moments are the few car chase scenes, but even those end up without much closure.
To make things worse, the plot sucks. I was confused for a lot of the time, but I think even if I hadn't walked into the kitchen ten times to get drinks I wouldn't have gotten any more of it. When the plot finally does click together, you realize that it probably was better being a mystery.
Sylvestor Stallone will have to wait some more for his comeback.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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