In honor of the recent release of The Expendables, we're taking a week-long look at the action films of Sir Sylvester Stallone -- which is to say we're skipping his comedies. Out of respect.
Title: Get Carter (2000)
Setting: Seattle -- and you know it's Seattle not because you see landmarks, but because it rains constantly.
Our hero: Vegas Mob enforcer Jack Carter -- a leg-breaker re-evaluating his life.
Our villain/s: There's a conspiracy running through the film, but Mickey Rourke handles the main bad guy duties as Jack's old nemesis Cyrus Paice. 'Roid rage simmers just beneath the surface of every scene they share.
The stakes: Jack's life as he digs deeper into a mystery he should leave alone and alienates his boss in Vegas too.
How long until our first confrontation? Our first confrontation comes mere moments after the Robert Browning quote that opens Get Carter and features Stallone and his partner (played by John C. McGinley) having a debate while Carter beats the crap out of some deadbeat.
Dig in on more J.C. after the jump ...
Line of dialogue that nails it: Gloria Carter (to Jack): "What do you think you're gonna do? Come in here and fix things? You don't fix things, Jack. You break things. Remember?"
Coolest display of might: Jack beats up two men inside an elevator.
Oddest lack of consistency: Jack and Mickey Rourke's last showdown is odd. Jack doesn't put up much of a fight in the first part. That certainly makes round two more satisfying, but it doesn't feel consistent with the character.
Moral of the story: You can go home again -- even when you're a Mob enforcer -- but you can't stay.
Stallone Action Scale: 6.0. The action in Get Carter isn't as glamorized as it is in your typical Stallone outing. It's brutal and violent, but there's not quite as much as you'd expect. Jack is most interesting when he's pounding the snot out of someone, which doesn't happen as often as the audience would like.