1990's

CAPE FEAR (1991) – REVIEW


The blood flows but not as much as you might expect for a film by the Scorsese, however, it is the more complex relationships which are played so well on which this film is hinged upon.

1991

DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese

56/100

Remaking the 1961 thriller starring Bob Mitchum and Gregory Peck, Martin Scorsese sets about placing his lens on this haunting drama and drawing us into the more brutal depths of his imagination, recasting the pair with Robert DeNiro and Nick Nolte.

Nolte is being stalked by his ex-client, in a change from the original, who went down for his crimes after he withheld evidence because he knew that he was nasty peice of work.

So after years in prison, DeNiro retruns to take his vengeance upon his family, wife and daughter, with plans to rape and presumebaly murder them.

The cinematography is imaginative, with a distinct style unique even for Scorese. Delving deep into the dark nature of vengeance and the perverse desire for revenge at any cost, a relentless beast who consumes those seeking it as much as it hurts those on the receiving end, in this case, Nick and his family.

The blood flows but not as much as you might expect for a film by the Scorsese, however, it is the more complex relationships which are played so well on which this film is hinged upon.

The troubled marriage, the difficult paternal relationship with his teenage daughter and the morally ambigulous decision made years prior which led to DeNiro’s vendeta in the first place.

Frighteing and brutal, Cape Fear mark II is a film of its time, coming of the heels of Goodfella (1990), a true early 90’s thriller through and through and one which still holds up today, nearly 30 years on.

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