Capsule: Liberation theology 2
Thunk at Mandatory Thinking has blogged about the technicalities and the interplay of image and music that makes the opening sequence of Get Carter so good, so iconic. But what lingers, after a first re-watching after a first visit to Newcastle (and hence the childish responses of 'Ooo, we've been there!') is the overwhelming sense that Jack finds freedom through his remorseless pursuit. No fears acknowledged (except one, regarding Doreen), no favours expected, no quarter given. It is a reminder that revenge, as well as motivating, can lead to actions of a pure focus, if not purity. And that, a single goal, and the willpower to pursue it, can in itself be a source of liberation.