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A great movie

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 2 February 2011 11:28

Many years after Scarface, Brian de Palma and Al Pacino teamed up again for this movie. Unfortunately, it didn't get the attention it deserved. It is actually one of the best crime movies ever made and it is definitely worth a look.

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Here come the pain!

Posted : 6 years, 3 months ago on 4 June 2008 08:26

Carlito's Way is a story that follows the exploits of a former drug runner and convicted criminal who is prematurely released from prison following the revelation that evidence used to incarcerate him was obtained illegally. Despite only serving six years of his thirty year sentence, Carlito (Al Pacino) is a reformed man, and declares to his lawyer and long time friend that from now on, he intends to go straight and lead a law abiding life. His revelation is met with laughter no matter who he tells throughout the film, giving an indication of just how bad his character was before his stint in prison.

It isn't long, however, before his past catches up with him and he is forced - both by his sense of loyalty and family ties - into indulging with nefarious activities once again. His cousin has found work as a drug runner himself and invites Carlito along as back up in a drug deal that quickly turns sour. In the ensuing deal, Carlito ends up firing his way out in a shoot out that leaves his cousin dead. He leaves with the drug money and quickly invests it into a nightclub, once again determined to live a lawful life and in doing so, saving every penny he earns so that he might escape from the streets to a tropical paradise.

His street loyalty keeps him faithful to his increasingly paranoid and self-destructive lawyer, who becomes more troubled, abusive and drug-dependant as the film progresses. Feeling that he owes his free life to the lawyer, he agrees to accompany him on a mission designed to spring a big time criminal out of a prison barge. Carlito ends the film in a desperate attempt to flee the city with his savings along with his long term girlfriend.

Another example of Al Pacino playing a fantastic character. Carlito is a man who instantly commands your respect and your sympathies thanks to his endearing charisma and constant humour. He is extremely convincing as a streetwise former-criminal and you feel that his skills are just an innate talent, simmering under the surface, waiting to bail him out of trouble at any moment - as witnessed in the films climax. The film itself is thoroughly entertaining from start to finish and with Pacino as the linchpin, it's difficult to fault in any way.

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