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Movie Review: Get Carter

Rating: Net Flix it.


Get Carter is a Sylvester Stallone movie where he is perfectly cast as a debt collecting muscle man who returns home to attend his brothers funeral and gets caught up trying to avenge his death.

Rating: Net Flix it.


Get Carter is a Sylvester Stallone movie where he is perfectly cast as a debt collecting muscle man who returns home to attend his brothers funeral and gets caught up trying to avenge his death.

There are certain elements of this movie that I really enjoyed. The music was great. It was sultry like a woman in a slinky red dress. It perfectly fit some of the early scenes and set the tone for this to be a slick, clever action movie.

This movie is one of those Seattle/Vancouver productions. Seattle external scenes with Vancouver details (mainly to take advantage of cheaper labor and less aggressive unions). Living in Seattle I always find these types of movies confusing. I recognize some settings and then I don't. That is how I know we have switched to a Canadian section of the movie. That aside the movie uses Seattle as a character. Constantly wet and dark. It combines with the music to set a dark moody tone to the movie.

So with all of this mood setting, does the movie deliver. Well not really. There is some uneven pacing and points were the plot stop completely. And in the end I couldn't really connect all of the dots to see how all of the characters are involved with the death of Sly's Brother. Somehow his niece (Rachel Leigh Cook, from Blow Dry) becomes central and this requires the plot to slow down to establish some kind of relationship between Carter and the niece who calls him "A picture on the mantel".

At the end of the movie I watched the special features. I didn't know this movie was a remake of a 1971 movie starring Michael Caine as Carter. He appears in this movie and I got the feeling they worked hard, with limited success, to write his character into the story.

So in the end I didn't hate this movie, but it isn't one that will stay on my DVD shelves. So if you are big Sylveter Stallone fan and want to see him in a role he was born to play add this to your Net Flix list.