Jack Carter (Michael Caine) has rarely looked cooler as the well dressed heavy, attempting to uncover the facts behind the death of his brother. The film tracks Caine as he becomes embroiled in the sinister underworld of crime and pornography.
Unsurprisingly, this movie still feels up to date. Convincingly portrays the underbelly of society, heartless, utterly selfish, take what you want from other non-violent "softies", and give them a severe kicking if they objector resist.
amorality always disbelieves in having payback drop onto them. Carter's contempt hits back at him devastatingly.
Classic Brit gangster film - highly recommended
- Get Carter review by RP
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Michael Caine plays Jack Carter, a London gangster who comes to Newcastle to investigate - and then avenge - the death of his brother. Caine's character is hard and uncompromising as he wreaks vengeance on all around. The only emotion he shows is when he sees what has been done to his niece (?daughter?).
With gritty locations, gritty characters and a gritty story, I remembered the film as shot in black and white. It is in fact in colour - but back and white is still how I see it, so bleak is the storyline.
The acting is excellent. It's certainly one of Caine's best roles, and the boss baddy (Kinnear) is well played by the renowned playwright John Osborne.
The film is now some 40 years old and yet it doesn't seem dated. Certainly there isn't the bloodiness of more recent gangster films, but the tension builds throughout helped by Caine's portrayal of a cold, relentless, ruthless man. The ending is unexpected (and I won't spoil it here), but well in keeping with the bleakness of the film.
'Get Carter' is a classic amongst British gangster films. 5/5 stars - highly recommended.