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2.22

Awesome: 6.25%
Worth A Look: 9.38%
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Pretty Bad43.75%
Total Crap: 28.13%

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Get Carter (2000)
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by Erik Childress

"Stallone's Latest Comeback Another Letdown"
2 stars

Comeback is not a word I like to use to describe actor’s careers. If it were, Sylvester Stallone would now qualify as having more “comebacks” than John Travolta. It’s a term used when an actor hasn’t had much recent success, then takes a few years off in-between projects before bursting back onto the screen with a new film. It’s an overused term in the industry and an insulting one, implying that the person in question was talented and popular at one time, but isn’t anymore. Yet it’s a term that seems to rear its ugly head every time Stallone’s name headlines the marquee and Get Carter is no exception.

“My name is Jack Carter…and you don’t wanna know me.” That and “…this is going to the next level,” are the catch phrases used by Sylvester Stallone’s character in his new remake, Get Carter. One out of two truths is commendable I suppose, since after the film was over I didn’t want to know Jack Carter, but the film never goes to the next level. It always promises to, but it never does. The Jack Carter in question is the same Jack Carter played by Michael Caine in the original 1971 adaptation, albeit now with a goatee and more muscle mass. He’s come back (no pun intended) to town to investigate the death of his brother, who may or may not have died in a drunken car accident. His sister-in-law (Miranda Richardson) and niece (Rachael Leigh Cook) believe their man of the house had never even heard of alcohol while three of the big-name suspects (Mickey Rourke, Alan Cumming and Michael Caine) all try to send Carter packing, away from the online porn industry that they contribute to.

Usually a film like this with a central murder mystery at its core leaves the surprise culprit with their fly down making them easily identifiable while the script dangles us along so it can fill up two hours. But identifying who killed Carter’s brother here is virtually impossible, primarily because the film seems to have no idea either. As he conducts his search, the interrogations go something like this. Carter questions a suspect, he denies having any involvement, Carter moves on. He questions the next guy, he says he knows nothing about the brother’s death, Carter goes to the next guy. When that guy denies everything, he goes back to the first guy and the second guy and so on and so on while all of them deny…deny…deny.

Part of the comeback status associated with Get Carter may directly correlate to what Clint Eastwood did in Unforgiven. A wave of pseudo-apologetic non-violence sweeps through here like it was edited by Joseph Lieberman. Sure there are some non-sensical beatings, all filmed in the same snipped-frame editing style of Saving Private Ryan and virtually every other action film in the wake of that groundbreaker, but everyone seems to die off-screen. We only see two dead bodies, but not the waning moments of their final gasps of breath. Everyone else dies off-screen and so often that we’re never quite sure if Carter killed them or spared them. Carter is also commonly referred to as “the bad brother” and is now looking for some sort of redemption although he never seems to know why. This could be made into interesting material and there’s a scene between Stallone and Cook on a rooftop that’s well acted and in a better film would have held real poignancy and horror, but here it’s just another plot point.

You may remember director Stephen Kay from his acting roles as the movie director in Lethal Weapon 3 or maybe even as the bald dude in The Mod Squad. His only directing credit was The Last Time I Committed Suicide and you can fill in your own joke while watching his latest effort. Along with the missing fight frames, Kay decides to caulk up all the other gaps in the characters and story by using other jump cut approaches and flashes of overexposure in the hopes of presenting a style that screams “hey, I’m just a director – I’m doing what I can with this stuff.” But no style can substitute for a weak script and missing footage that might be able to explain what happens to Miranda Richardson’s character after the one hour point. Baked in the same blue gel as last year’s superbly better Mel Gibson film, Payback, Get Carter’s colors after a while become as potent as a cinematic brand of cough syrup, slowly making the viewer drowsy with each passing minute.

There’s something to be said about a movie that comes off as mediocre as Get Carter does. A good or great film will have you recommending it to friends and discussing what you liked about it so much, while a festering pile of dung like Battlefield Earth can give you such a strong hateful reaction, that not only can you warn people about it, but create humorous quips at how wretched the film actually was. Mediocrity doesn’t come with such fringe benefits. Someone asks you what you thought and they’re met back with either a simple sigh and so-so hand wave or a one line answer in the variation of “it wasn’t that good.” That’s worse than seeing Battlefield Earth because it’s a true time-waster and you can’t get much mileage of praise or hate out of it. Stallone is an actor I root for all the time. I want to see him make good movies and I’ve supported even those films that others have unfairly trashed like Oscar and Demolition Man. Movies like Cliffhanger and especially Copland were steps in the right direction and he will make more good films. But when his name is Jack Carter, I just couldn’t care less and if anyone was in need of a comeback, it’s Stallone.

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User Comments

11/10/10 Bob Just watched the 1971 version. Stallone's remake was MUCH better. 4 stars
9/28/08 Shaun Wallner Great Movie!! 4 stars
11/13/05 Ian Remake that took everything out of the original:grit, realism, replaced it formula, shame. 1 stars
10/31/05 Wisamane If you like the video Game shadow run for sega Youll Like this one! 5 stars
8/30/05 tatum Annoying direction, couldn't give a flying turd about the characters 2 stars
7/29/05 tony what is sylvester stallone doing????? 1 stars
4/23/05 Indrid Cold Flashy but a lame, shallow plot once again gives Rourke nothing to work with. 2 stars
10/31/04 MyGreenBed Not too good, though stylish. Rourke cracking Syl's (so Syl said) ribs counts extra. 3 stars
8/17/04 john bale Indestructable Stallone outflanked by good actors, in badly edited poor remake of original 3 stars
8/17/04 Ben Lighten up man, it's a movie. Sheesh. 4 stars
8/13/04 Zac Stallones movies are the best you fucking suck donkey dick 5 stars
6/24/04 Mick Very underated movie. Scott Weinberg, GO *UCK YOURSELF. 5 stars
5/04/04 John good intentions ineptly executed 1 stars
5/23/03 R.W. Welch As usual, the remake is no match for the original. Routine. 2 stars
5/12/03 Jack Bourbon I've seen worse. 3 stars
4/13/03 Mixed I don't disagree with the critics, but the directors' style is catchy. Good music score. 4 stars
3/08/03 Jack Sommersby By far, Stallone's worst. Overdirected and underwritten. 1 stars
12/03/02 Gazza E Starts out okay, but gets bogged down in the 2nd half 3 stars
9/08/02 jin yanshun i don't know why someone dislike this moive 4 stars
12/21/01 captain chris Stallone fat? in GC? Sly has more muscle in his elbow than you have in your wholebody!fatty 5 stars
11/28/01 KMG I was waiting for something to happen throughout the whole movie! 2 stars
6/13/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Now, I like Stallone, for real, but his movies are often shite. This is no exception. 1 stars
4/10/01 Monday Morning This film goes to another level, alright...unfortunately it's downward. 2 stars
4/04/01 Jesse L What a disappointment... 1 stars
3/27/01 malcolm i luved Stallone scaring the shyt out of the 'puter nerd 3 stars
2/21/01 T. Sharif It Is Good But Some Bull Shit Sences 3 stars
2/20/01 John Lyons Too slow; disappointing movie. 2 stars
11/18/00 Edward A Leonard Yikes, expected alot better out of Sly, recommend you see Assassins with Banderas, Better. 2 stars
11/03/00 Greg crappy plot and charector development 1 stars
10/19/00 liquid I've seen some shit in my day, fuck where's the beef? 1 stars
10/19/00 Ground Zero this flick was as bad as Judge Dreck... err Dredd 2 stars
10/16/00 pmunee this movie was about as good as Stop or my mom will shoo!!t 1 stars
10/16/00 Politicsman Quite stylish but trapped by the original screenplay. Get Stallone would have been better 3 stars
10/12/00 Mr. X Choppy editing, mediocre dialogue, and no explosions. 3 stars
10/11/00 cat This film is a crappy remake of the original that had one thing going for it: Michael Caine 1 stars
10/10/00 PJ Although Sly was a bad mutha fucka, the movie was dissapointing, real bad direction 2 stars
10/10/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble I'm 120 pounds, 5 feet 6, I saw Stallone at a stop sign, he saw me & locked his doors.TRUE! 1 stars
10/10/00 Jay You people are too whiney. It's not great, but much better than most recent movies. 4 stars
10/07/00 jon j could've been worse 2 stars
10/04/00 Neil You are pissing on sacred land here 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  06-Oct-2000 (R)

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