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Get Carter (2000)

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Get Carter
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Genre: Crime
Drama
Directed By: Stephen Kay
Produced By: Mark Canton
Neil Canton
Elie Samaha
Written By: David McKenna
Based On: Jack's Return Home
by Ted Lewis
Starring: Sylvester Stallone
Miranda Richardson
Rachael Leigh Cook
Alan Cumming
Mickey Rourke
Rhona Mitra
John C. McGinley
Michael Caine
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Mauro Fiore
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: October 6, 2000
Runtime: 102 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $63.6 million
Box Office: $19.4 million


Get Carter is a 2000 American action thriller film, and is a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, which was based on Ted Lewis' 1970 novel Jack's Return Home. It was directed by Stephen Kay, produced by Mark Canton, Neil Canton, and Elie Samaha, written by David McKenna, and starred Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke, Rhona Mitra, John C. McGinley, and Michael Caine (who had previously played Carter in the 1971 film).

Plot

Sylvester Stallone plays Jack Carter, a Vegas mobster who comes home to Seattle to bury his brother after an apparent car accident. Once home, he begins to believe that it may not have been an accident. His two-day journey through the underbelly of the city leads Jack through revenge, reconnection with a family he left behind many years earlier, and, ultimately, redemption.

Why It Sucks

  1. Sylvester Stallone is miscast as Carter, and his goatee beard is very distracting.
  2. The supporting cast doesn't get that much to do.
  3. Tacked-on action scenes that hinder the story rather than drive it forward.
  4. The film tries to force Carter into being a good guy, a stark contrast to how the original Carter was a brutal thug who wanted vengeance instead of redemption.
  5. Headache-inducing soundtrack.
  6. Sloppy editing.
  7. Tries far too hard to be tough and gritty, something the 1971 film was already without even trying.
  8. The ending where Carter survives the entire ordeal and leaves for Las Vegas is far away from the 1971 film's ending in which Carter died after avenging his brother's death.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Michael Caine gives it socks in all three of his scenes as Cliff Brumby.
  2. The scene where Carter comforts Doreen over what happened in the video where she was raped by Geraldine and Eddie is very heartwarming.

Reception

The film received a lowly 11% favorable rating among the critics tracked by Rotten Tomatoes based on 61 reviews, with an average rating of 3.70/10. The consensus reads, "Michael Caine shows up to collect a paycheck, and so does everyone else in this rote, middling remake.". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "D+" on an A+ to F scale.

Trivia

  • Stephen Kay clashed with Franchise Pictures over the tone of the remake. Kay wanted the film to be more of an "anti-revenge" movie, while Franchise Pictures wanted a more traditional Sylvester Stallone action picture.
  • The original screenplay, which Sylvester Stallone signed on for, was much more violent, and focused more on the revenge element.
  • The scene where Carter shoots Brumby in a car park after catching him trying to steal the disc was the last scene to be filmed, due to Sylvester Stallone's goatee being barely visible, and Sir Michael Caine's hair being shorter than it was in his previous scene.

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