Thank you for your post, bear. I don't know what the original poster was thinking, but Get Carter is a great film. You're not supposed to love everyone - each character has their own flaws, but that's what makes the film so good. Not to mention the gritty backdrop of England and its perpetual rainy bleak weather. Maybe Jeremy3 (the 3 probably represents his IQ) needs to go see some films with REAL actors (not "Yo Adrian" Stallone), then give considerable thought before writing another moronic post. Maybe he only understands mainstream movies made in Hollywood, like an action film type where some has-been plays the hero, and that's the extent of his appreciation/comprehension. It's doubtful he has ever seen a movie with subtitles, or knows what a cult film is.
If Jeremy3 wants to slam a remake with Michael Caine in the original movie, he should watch both versions of The Italian Job. As a film buff who vehemently disagrees with remakes, this is one exception that definitely needed a makeover (in my opinion, anyway).
I think Jack is totally a character you can have empathy for. to me the crucial line is when he's talking to Margaret on the bridge and he says "i'm supposed to be the villain of the family"
it's stated early on in the film that Frank isn't a gangster and that most of the gangsters in newcastle don't even know Frank and Jack are brothers. he died trying to protect his daughter.
back to the villain line, Jack knows he's a bad guy. he's accepted that fact but he also cares that his brother is not a criminal. the fact that his brother was killed by men like him for pointless reasons weighs heavily on him. and the motivation for his revenge gets deeper as the movie progresses. orginally its just revenge for the death of his brother, then it becomes revenge for the gansters exploitation of his niece and the fact that it resulted in his brother's death and eventually leads to him entirely destroying a criminal empire. he's a perfect anti hero, he's motivations are noble but his methods are not, because they are the only methods he knows.
Very well said, I agree totally.