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mitchellyoung's Movie Reviews (2132)

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Get Carter (1971) 

2.5/4 stars

Ultimately, though I appreciate the style behind "Get Carter," I find it empty and a pessimistic view of an anti-hero's journey. Michael Caine plays his brutal Jack Carter with commitment and resolve and the film bluntly unfolds its plot with surehanded brevity. The result is a tale that is nihilistic at best. As Carter's character remains mostly resolute and emotionless throughout his vengeful mission, so the film's plot and themes remain emotionless. What results is a visually striking thriller, but one that doesn't leave the viewer with anything thematically beneficial.


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