THIS IS THE GRIPPING TALE OF THE EARLY YEARS OF GANGSTER LEGEND CARLITO BRIGANTE. CARLITO IS ON THE TRACK TO BECOMING SPANISH HARLEM'S ULTIMATE KINGPIN, BUT QUICKLY LEARNS THAT THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE AT THE TOP IS THROUGH... more » LOYALTY TO HIS FRIENDS AND RESPECT FOR THE RULES OF THE STREET.« less
"This one didn't do it for me. I really wanted to like this, being such a fan of the first film. The acting in the film is okay, but it suffers so much compared to the Pacino/Penn film. The climax was very bland. The one thing I wish they would have explained better was how Carlito became friends with the Italian mobster and the African American bookie. They were both very successful people in their own circles, and Carlito was just a common care thief. Why would they cut him in as an equal partner in a tens of million dollar drug business? Also, how did all three get in one cell. This takes place in a time when racial tensions are high, and prison officials would not have put a white/African American and Hispanic in the same cell. And while everyone else in the film hates each other for being differant, these three love each other. I would have liked to see the story of how they got that way. I would steer clear of this one."
Rise to Power is Rise to Nothing
musicfan | Florida Usa | 12/24/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the worst films of 2005, a prequel that is almost as bad as dumb and dumberer and son of the mask, the acting is terrible especially P. Diddy's performance, the screenplay is a mess, the cinematography is ridiculous and the violence is bloody, sickening and silly.
This is not as good as al pacino was in 1993.
I Hated this film. "
This prequel "broke my heart"
CLEMENT | LONG BEACH, CA United States | 10/08/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am a big Carlito's way fan. I saw it the first friday it was shown in 1993. I have watched it about 50 times on Video or Cable. I have a understanding of the Characters. If you do a prequel, don't pretend like nobody saw or would remember the original. I am very saddened that you didn't develop a better script. Next time, make sure your script writers are true fans. Real Fans of Carlito's way will be hurt, and please, dont recyle (Luiz Guzman)aka Pachanga. He is a very important character in the original. Also, where's Gale? or Klienfeld? or Rolando? or the DA? or Laling? or Sasso? and the ending? that broke my heart. You didn't think we cared about the ending? you made Carlito's dream come true, but you must know, he did go to Lewisburg for 5 years after paradise? or was he halucinating? and everything in the original never really took place? was it just a dream? you got some explaining."
Nothing to do with original Carlito's Way
Mondo Vendo | Detroit, Michigan USA | 10/07/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Carlito's Way is one of my all time favorite movies.
I didn't expect this movie to be great but with Edwin Torres and Martin Bregman involved, I thought it would be good or even just ok. I thought it would at least have something to do with the original. It doesn't.
Carlito is the only character from the original. You think he would be working with Pachanga and Lalin. He would be developing his friendship with David Kleinfeld. He isn't even dating Gail! He's trying to start a relationship with a totally different woman.
The original implied he had relationships with other gangs but he would have primarily worked with other Latinos. Here he is working directly with a black guy and an Italian.
Also Jay Hernandez just doesn't fit the role of a gangster. He doesn't seem to have the attitude or power that a top gangster would have.
I knew they were trying to capitalize on the reputation of the first one with a substandard straight to video prequel. But I thought it would at least have something to do with the original besides the name and Carlito Brigante (kind of) being the same main character.
Disappointing even with low expectations to begin with."
Eddie Melendez | Brooklyn, NY | 10/03/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Being a fan of the original I was anxiously waiting the release of Rise To Power. What a disappointment. They were not true to the original at all. First, the original was set in the 70's so this was supposed to be what? 60's at best? Hardly!
Acting... sucks. The only plausible thing that Jay Hernandez did to portray AL Pacino was mimic his voice... most of the time. He was supposed to be this ruthless street king by the original Carlito's Way portrayal, yet he was this caring, thoughtful street punk who seemingly just got offered a partnership to become a druglord.
This movie was just thrown together and could've been and should've been much much more. I mean how did he get his connections? Why as a punk car thief was he sharing a private cell with a big time numbers guy and a Mafia guy? And why did they had to convince him to join up with them? Where was his crew? When did he oversee operations? What brilliant ideas made him "The JP Morgan of the smack buisness"? How did some dork get the drop on him? Where is Gail? Who the heck is this chick and why did they waste time with her? Where was some of the guys from the original... even with different characters.
It left much to be desired right down to the ridiculous in-paradise happy ending... say what?!?"