Get Carter (2000) Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Rhona Mitra Movie Review

Get Carter (2000)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Sylvester Stallone in Get Carter (2000)

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When his brother dies in a car crash put down to him being drunk Jack Carter (Sylvester Stallone) returns home to the old stomping ground he left for a better life as a financial enforcer in Vegas. But his return home is not welcomed with opened arm as not only does his sister-in-law Gloria (Miranda Richardson) want him to leave but so do some of his old friends when he starts snooping around in what really happened to his brother. But it will take a lot to get Jack to leave and he will do a lot to anyone who messes with his family.

Get all your money and pay some engineer/ scientist types to create that mind wipe device from "Men in Black" then you could wipe from your memory watching "Get Carter" the 2000 remake of the Michael Caine classic. Now you need this mind wipe device for two reasons as not only does this movie suffer as a remake, a misguided idea in the first place, but this also struggles as a Sylvester Stallone movie and certainly doesn't allow him to show the acting skills which Stallone is more than capable of delivering.

Michael Caine in Get Carter (2000)

So here is the trouble with this remake of "Get Carter" it is an attempt at style over substance as director Stephen Kay and cinematographer Mauro Fiore have tried to give this story of mystery and revenge an artistic side with scene after scene having moody framing. They also lob in a lot of slow motion with quick jumps which end up making this a movie which jerks along stopping and starting every time it seems to find some sort of rhythm as they throw in another visual trick to try and impress.

There appears to be so much focus on the visual nature of "Get Carter" that they simply forgot all about character development and so we have a lot of actors stomping through this movie playing to type but having no character to really work with. And what that means is that when you have Stallone doing mean and moody alongside Mickey Rourke only for John C. McGinley to show up in his typical comedy styling it feels completely wrong.

What this all boils down to is that "Get Carter" is a fail for me, not an utterly terrible movie but one which due to the incessant amount of visual tricks ends up a below par movie even for Sylvester Stallone.