In 2004 this was selected as the #1 British movie of all time by the British magazine Total Film. Really? I just watched it and I thought it was a little over the top, and without any socially redeeming qualities. Generally I think revenge movies are a waste of time.
A classic British gangster movie. Michael Caine is a gangster named Jack Carter who seeked revenge - on someone who killed his brother. Caine is a perfect actor to do this movie. He gave an electrifying performance as a cold, ruthless, and angry gangster. Mike Hodges' direction is amazing in his first feature film as a director. In my opinion, Get Carter is one of the best movie of 1970's. Absolutely classic!
"What would Jesus say?" Well, I guess, Jesus wouldn't approve it. And this is exactly, what Jack Carter does not. No endorsement. No, not at all. Cool. Very cool. This is all about betrayel, child abuse, sex, drugs & revenge. 'Jesus' strikes back. Overall, the look alike, compared to the US is a bit 'amateurish'. And, the 'king of cool' title is, still, occupied. Good, but not good enough. Solid. 3,5 stars.
On the surface, a post-modern transposition of a typical American crime drama onto the atypical landscape of England's bleak industrial north. The grit & grime of the place infects & infuses the standard film noir conventions with a level of violence & depravity rarely seen. However, beneath this surface, the film offers an insightful study on the futility of vengeance; as death stalks its characters, like a shadow.
There's a reason Michael Caine is Christian Bale's butler. After getting pinched with a rap sheet a mile long he had to strike a deal, and that entailed witness protection in America. Cleaning up after Batman allows him to vicariously relive his violent glory days. Ray Liotta could only have dreamed of such a sweet deal.
I'm used to seeing Michael Caine as the polite, mild-mannered gentleman, but damn does he pack a punch in this. I expected something a little lighter too. It's a pretty bleak film, especially the second half when Carter goes on a rampage. Loved the shots of North East England too. By the time the movie ended I felt drained, but in a good way.