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Man Goes Mad
on June 30, 2013
'Shock To The System' is a film that might make many people's wishes come true. Wishes that they could never in their right minds fulfill. A middle aged man has given his life to his job, to his marriage and, he finds himself in a messy mess. His reward for all this work is to find himself looked over in a promotion, and a wife who won't forgive him for not receiving that promotion.
Michael Caine plays Graham Marshall , the man awaiting that promotion. His wife, played by Swoozie Kurts celebrates his anxiously awaited promotion. Frustrated that his hated life will never change, he devises a plan to take revenge on everyone who humiliated him, and he starts with his wife. The film has several actors who will surprise you because they are so young!
Michael Caine is a genius in this type of film. It is not a nice film, per se. Elizabeth McGovern plays a colleague, young, lithe and adoring. It takes awhile for her to realize what a new life with Graham would be all about. This is a film that keeps you off balance, I was never sure which way the wind would blow, so to speak. Will Patton, ( you will recognize him, right away), plays a Connecticut State Policemen. Always prepared, ever sympathetic, but he has a mind that thinks like a criminal. Why he is the only State Policeman in the state to conduct murder investigations is never explained, but he must be one heck of a busy man!
This film will bring laughs, some 'uh, huh's', and some indecision. I liked it, Michael Caine is a terrific actor, and he brings his best to this film.
Recommended. prisrob 06-30-13