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Once you are in, you don't get out,
This review is from: Carlito's Way - Ultimate Edition (DVD)
We see Carlito's traumatic fate at the very beginning of the film, but how does one who so ambitiously wants to leave the former gangster life in the past and move on with himself still manage to end up here. This is the tale, and what a story it is. Al Pacino gives a memorable performance, and Sean Penn is right there behind him. Carlito (Pacino) is released after 5 years for a 30 year sentence from the help of his lawyer and best friend (Penn). Carlito has been given the opportunity to own a piece of a nightclub, where he can progressively earn enough money to get the amount he needs to get away to the Bahamas, once and for all, where there he can live out a simple dream and leave the past behind. From the near get-go, the kind heart of Carlito can't say no to his young cousin when he is asked to stay by his side during a deal. The deal goes wrong and Carlito is already finding himself back in old times, but refuses to keep his dreams from not succeeding. One after another, old pals re-apear, but it's the story behind the Sean Penn character that gets things really going, and when Carlito is reunited with his old flame (Penelope Ann Miller) the story becomes intense, suspensful, engaging and never ever lets up. For the first hour, the movie is at its slowest (though never boring) and then shoots into high gear then on out. Thankfully, the fire never loses its fuel, as this is one of those films that happily gets better and better until a very exciting, very suspenseful chase scene climax. Just when you think the height of the excitement and story has been reached, there's still more on it's way. Carlito's Way is a fantastic film that is sad in a sense, but states a sad truth. More-so, this is just fantastic entertainment pulled off by a superb performance from Pacino, and a great director Brian de Palma (Scarface).
Acting - 5
Action/Suspense - 5
Characters - 5
Story - 5
Overall - 5
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Initial post: Sep 9, 2008 2:36:41 PM PDT
Sid the Elf says:
Great review! This is one classic that never loses it's magic
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 6:24:28 PM PDT
Thanks, def one of Pacino's best!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2008 12:26:38 AM PDT
Glad you enjoy this just the same DR. Carlito's Way is without a doubt one of the great gangster films out there. Pacino, as always, is terrific, but the scene stealer is Sean Penn. Arguably his greatest performance, he manages to steal almost every scene from Pacino. Great story, great acting, and most importantly one of the best of DePalma's work.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008 7:16:31 PM PDT
You are right, Jenny, Sean Penn was amazing here...at times I didn't even think it was him acting. And yes one of DePalma's best...I must say I enjoyed the overall feel more than that of Scarface.
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