A Shock to the System Reviews
Brilliant Black Comedy, a must for any film fan.
Graham Marshall (Michael Caine), is a tired man that finds people around him are becoming more insufferable by the day. He anxiously awaited his promotion in an advertising company, when he learns that the undeserving Roger Benham (Peter Reigert) got promoted instead of him. Graham finally snaps. Frustrated that his hated life will never change, he cunningly concocts plans to take bloody revenge on everyone who brought him down, even his own nagging wife.
This isn't the most original of stories, but Michael Caine breathes life into the character of Graham, who sees himself as a sorcerer, a magician of life. It's almost as if he was going through a mid-life crisis that required him to kill people to get what he wanted. There were scenes that gave me chills. In one scene, Graham finds out that he is slowly getting fired. Thus came the Oscar worthy monologue from Caine which was the highlight of the film. "Well, let me tell you something, Bobster. You don't know the first fucking thing about power. I have more power in this hand than *all* you fucking know!"
I'm not sure whether it is because of a small budget or inferior equipment, but the whole film came across as a cheaply-made independent film. That's not to say that it was bad, but at times the scenes were too dark to see their faces. What made the film great, however, was the way it makes one question whether or not to root for the murderous Graham. It must be Caine's infectious personality, because it's so darn hard to hate this man. In the end, I did end up hating this character, which I attribute to the marvellous performance of Caine, for he broke my bias towards him as an actor and made me see him as the character.
Overall, A Shock to the System is a short, cheap, but entertaining film about a man who believes that he has the power, and the right, to kill people. It is exquisitely acted by Michael Caine in one of his finest roles. It forces the audience to question right and wrong, and leaves us with an ending that lets our imaginations fill the gaps. I thoroughly enjoyed this film.
Great performance from Michael Caine, but that is to be expected. Solid support from Elizabeth McGovern and Swoosie Kurtz .
Things are not going so well for Graham (Caine). He has got horrible colleagues at work, a horrible wife and a house with horrible wiring.
His career is going nowhere and he's getting old.
When he by accident kills a homeless person life changes a lot. New opportunities lays ahead of weird Graham.
It's not the greatest drama in history and the end is kind of cut of, but as mentioned before, it's Michael Caine and here and there we find some suspence and interesting twists in the plot.
Elisabeth McGovern plays the role as secretary Stella in an awful way and Grahams wife (Swoosie Kurtz is in deed boring, but it's always fun to watch Wil Patton who seven years after this would make himself Immortal in the epic The Postman.
Not bad, but not fantastic either
I thought I'd write a review today since I'm sitting here bored to death on the East Coast looking out the window waiting for this winter storm to begin. So I decided to write about a great little film that maybe not too many of u have seen. I first saw this film many years ago & Ive always enjoyed seeing it again & again.
This film stars one of my all time favorite actors, Michael Caine in one of his best performances.
Here's a summary:
Graham Marshall (Michael Caine) is anxiously anticipating a promotion where he works as an advertising executive, when he learns that Roger Benham (Peter Riegert), one of his subordinates, will be given his promotion & thus becoming his boss. As u can probably guess he is very angry at the outcome. He's also very frustrated about his life that he hates & that nothing will ever change so he begins to plot & scheme to take bloody revenge on every person who humiliated him & that stands in his way of getting whatever he wants-beginning with his annoying wife Leslie (Swoosie Kurtz).
Michael Caine was perfect for this role. He made me feel very uneasy whenever he was onscreen. This film shows the audience why he is an outstanding actor. He can play being bad look so effortless. The supporting cast is also very good in their roles.
There are some great twists & turns. I couldnt wait to see what was peeking around the next corner. This movie is considered mystery suspense but there is also some black comedy mixed in too.
There's a scene in this film when Graham receives a call with bad news & he says without skipping a beat "Oh my God, what a shock." If youve seen the film then u know why that is a very funny line.
I highly recommend this great little movie.
I hope u enjoy it!!
Now, I ask u, what would u do if u were in a situation such as this?
As u know there is a dark side to the business world.