Jeffrey's Review of Cape Fear
A thriller to blow most other thrillers out of the ballpark, Cape Fear sizzles on screen and delivers a top-notch cast to match its deliciously malicious script. Updating the story form the early 1960s version, most viewers today will find it solid entertainment, depending upon their tolerance for an incredibly overblown story and enough unpleasantness to make even the strongest viewers wince on a consistent basis.
Robert DeNiro puts on his gritty face once again to play Max Cady in this gruesome yet entertaining flick. A psychic rapist recently released after fourteen years behind bars, he can think of nothing he would rather do than seek revenge on the lawyer (Nick Nolte) who failed to get him off the hook. Now traveling with his wife and teenage daughter to Cape Fear, he (along with many unfortunate others) is in to realize this place was not given its name by coincidence.
Martin Scorcese directs yet another turgid film and once again casts DeNiro (who previously acted for him in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas) who plays his part to perfection and brings a new meaning to the term "unsettling" among others. Additionally, Bernard Herrmann's composing talents fit in here just as well as they did in Psycho. But considering the excellent production unit, it's too bad they had to loose some of their credibility when the story goes so far into absurdity that some could swear they are watching a typical horror flick. Could we not rise above this, Martin?
Of all Scorcese films, this one is bound to produce the most thrills and chills which last from start to finish. Though it never wants to end (especially the climax part), it's pretty solidly entertaining above all and is worth a view for all movie buffs. Watch for some cameos including Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and Martin Balsam who all appeared in the 1962 original.