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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Carlito's Way (1993)

In one of Pacino’s best roles he attempts to go straight after being released early from a lengthy prison sentence. His efforts aren't entirely successful, in part because the old story of needing capital in order to build a better life and wanting it sooner rather than later attracts him. The quickest way to get the cash is to return to the streets on which he made his name.
His struggle is compounded by his lingering reputation and the people around him spiralling into dangerous waters, threatening to drag him down with them. One of whom is Sean Penn, acting his socks off as a lawyer on the edge.
I don’t completely agree with people who say it’s just another Scarface (1983), but it’s certainly similar in many ways and if you enjoy one then you’ll more than likely enjoy the other.

4½ walks on the wild side of memory lane out of 5

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