When a serial killer turns his attention on the lead detective he is asked to check into a clinic treating law enforcement officials who cant face their jobs. As the patients begin being murdered they restart doing what they do best.
Charles S. Dutton,
Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting ... See full summary »
Carl Mazzocone Sr.,
Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.
Years ago, Jack Carter left his Seattle home to become a Las Vegas mob casino financial enforcer. He returns for the funeral of his brother Richard 'Richie' after a car crash during a storm, atypical of the careful house-father. Talking to the widow, daughter Doreen and enigmatic Geraldine, Jack suspects it was murder. Cliff Brumby, whose club Richie ran, is financially linked to porn and prostitution baron Cyrus Paice, who claims to be just a front-man for ITC tycoon Jeremy Kinnear. Someone hired goon Thorpey to make Jack return to Las Vegas. There Jack's partner Les Fletcher is restless, apparently about their boss Con McCarty whose wife had an affair with Jack. Someone breaks into Richie's home, looking for a crucial CD. Written by
Yes this film was a major bomb the numbers are undeniable. The original suffers in translation across the ocean. Caine simply does not have Stallone's physical presence. My title is what a lot of viewer's missed the film is not really about revenge. It appears to on the surface it is about a man who used violence his whole life to pay the bills working for some scumbag mobster coming back to his dead brother's family and expressing love for them and making up for not being there when they and his brother needed him the most. Yes he goes after and destroys the people who killed his brother; the reason why hangs over the picture everyone from Gloria to Con even Cyrus cannot fathom why does this hulking thug care what happened to Richie?
Stallone Rourke and Caine are at the top of their form. Stallone was born to play this role and is far more convincing in it than was Caine in 1971. He radiates danger his scenes with Kinear are great; the understated threat communicated the Stallone way. These performances are worth the price of a ticket alone. Stallone is great at showing his own inner conflict about trying to experience caring and affection for Gloria and especially doreen. When he wishes to be Stallone can be a good actor; his main failing was always his choice of roles though in his defense he showed his ability in Copland. The scenes between him and doreen go well; yes I know the clichéd mumblings on top of the roof: hey, does he look like an intellectual to you? He plays the role perfectly; of course he stammers and repeats slogans this whole side of life is completely alien. He is trying is his own very awkward and sometimes unintentionally funny way to be a good person to Doreen and his family.
The fight scenes are well put together and very believable. Cyrus beats him up as he should because "this ain't yesterday slick" but Carter rises bloodied but not beaten from the floor and finishes Cyrus off in a truly scary and powerful scene the Leone like close up of Stallone's face blood running down it is a really well done piece of work. The movie was never intended to be a frame by frame copy of the original which is good because Hodges picture was no masterpiece poor acting in the backup cast translation problems British to English and a crappy ending. This movie is about an evil person tired of being evil wanting to use his great strength and menacing presence for good to help his estranged brother's family.
Yes I know revenge and the whole Christian religion are antithetical well not all of us are Christians. Like Carl Jung I agree that harnessing the shadow part of the personality can produce one of the most powerful forces for good: Jung always said most attempts end with the shadow overcoming and destroying the person who let it out but you get my point here: Stallone hates what he is for Fletcher; he is not all darkness. What he is doing however violent is his way of showing affection for his family. His scenes with Doreen underscore what I am arguing this is a violent man trying to protect and destroy the enemies that hurt Ritchie and still threaten them. It is a much more complex movie than the 1971 version in which Caine is a cold hearted goon torturing and killing along the path to mindless revenge. Caine gives that Geraldine an overdose not Cyrus in this one; he does this quite viciously leaving her dead on Kinnear's back lawn then calls the cops on him.
On the surface they appear quite similar but Stallone's Carter is very different from Caine's Carter. One seeks to destroy and protect by destruction the helpless who are still in danger. The other is a stone cold killer using his brother's death to do what he enjoys most hurting torturing and killing people for entertainment.
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