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brian_NP
depalma_???
needs_NNS
a_DT
hit_NN
*_???
really_RB
*_???
badly_RB
._.
since_CS
scoring_NN
big_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
untouchables_NNS
in_IN
1987_CD
,_,
depalma_???
has_HVZ
seen_VBN
casualties_NNS
of_IN
war_NN
,_,
raising_VBG
cain_???
and_CC
particularly_RB
the_DT
disastrous_JJ
bonfire_NN
of_IN
the_DT
vanities_NNS
go_VB
down_RP
in_IN
flames_NNS
._.
consequently_RB
,_,
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
easy_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
consider_VB
carlito_NP
's_POS
way_NN
a_DT
shrewd_JJ
commercial_JJ
choice_NN
for_IN
depalma_???
,_,
reteaming_NN
with_IN
al_NP
pacino_NP
(_(
scarface_NN
)_)
and_CC
returning_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
gangland_NN
ground_NN
which_WDT
has_HVZ
yielded_VBN
his_PP$
two_CD
greatest_JJS
box_NN
office_NN
successes_NNS
._.
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
hurt_VB
any_DT
that_DT
he_PP
has_HVZ
latched_VBN
on_IN
to_IN
a_DT
solid_JJ
story_NN
and_CC
brought_VBD
out_RP
dynamite_IN
performances_NNS
from_IN
pacino_NP
and_CC
sean_NP
penn_???
._.
carlito_NP
's_POS
way_NN
,_,
while_CS
hampered_VBN
by_IN
depalma_???
's_NNS
characteristic_JJ
excesses_NNS
and_CC
stylistic_JJ
cannibalism_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
truly_RB
tense_JJ
and_CC
engrossing_VBG
drama_NN
._.
carlito_NP
brigante_NP
(_(
pacino_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
life-long_JJ
criminal_JJ
who_NP
finds_VBZ
himself_PPX
unexpectedly_RB
given_VBN
a_DT
second_NN
chance_NN
._.
in_IN
1975_CD
,_,
carlito_NP
is_BEZ
released_VBN
from_IN
prison_NN
after_IN
serving_VBG
only_RB
five_CD
years_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
thirty_CD
year_NN
sentence_NN
when_CS
his_PP$
conviction_NN
is_BEZ
overturned_VBN
on_IN
a_DT
technicality_NN
._.
he_PP
declares_VBZ
himself_PPX
reformed_JJ
,_,
tired_JJ
of_IN
life_NN
on_IN
the_DT
streets_NNS
and_CC
determined_JJ
to_IN
fulfill_NP
his_PP$
simple_JJ
dream_NN
of_IN
buying_VBG
into_IN
a_DT
rental_NN
car_NN
business_NN
in_IN
the_DT
bahamas_NP
._.
among_IN
those_DT
who_WP
find_VB
this_DT
conversion_NN
hard_JJ
to_IN
believe_VB
are_BER
david_NP
kleinfeld_NP
(_(
penn_???
)_)
,_,
carlito_NP
's_POS
crooked_JJ
attorney_NN
and_CC
childhood_NN
friend_NN
,_,
and_CC
bodyguard_NN
pachanga_NP
(_(
luis_NP
guzman_NN
)_)
._.
carlito_NP
rediscovers_NNS
old_JJ
flame_NN
gail_???
(_(
penelope_JJ
ann_NP
miller_NP
)_)
,_,
and_CC
seems_VBZ
ready_JJ
to_IN
retire_VB
in_IN
peace_NN
._.
old_JJ
ways_NNS
die_VB
hard_JJ
,_,
though_CS
,_,
and_CC
old_JJ
associates_NNS
pull_VB
carlito_NP
step_NN
by_IN
step_NN
back_NN
into_IN
a_DT
life_NN
he_PP
can't_MD
seem_VB
to_IN
shake_NN
._.
carlito_NP
's_POS
way_NN
will_MD
probably_RB
make_VB
the_DT
strongest_JJS
impression_NN
with_IN
the_DT
two_CD
outstanding_JJ
set_NN
pieces_NNS
which_WDT
bracket_NN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
,_,
carlito_NP
accompanies_VBZ
his_PP$
young_JJ
cousin_NN
on_IN
a_DT
drug_NN
buy_VB
which_WDT
will_MD
have_HV
anyone_PN
with_IN
a_DT
pulse_NN
on_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
seat_NN
;_;
the_DT
film_NN
closes_VBZ
with_IN
an_DT
equally_RB
thrilling_JJ
chase_NN
through_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
york_NP
subway_NN
and_CC
grand_JJ
central_JJ
station_NN
._.
both_RB
highlight_VB
depalma_???
's_BEZ
gift_NN
for_IN
choreographed_VBN
mayhem_NN
,_,
and_CC
these_DT
are_BER
not_XNOT
the_DT
only_JJ
occasions_NNS
when_CS
the_DT
stage_NN
blood_NN
flows_VBZ
freely_RB
._.
yet_RB
for_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
viscera_NN
,_,
i_PP
found_VBD
the_DT
character_NN
study_NN
even_RB
more_DT
compelling_JJ
._.
carlito_NP
brigante_NP
has_HVZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
michael_NP
corleone_NN
in_IN
him_PP
,_,
an_DT
aging_JJ
gangster_NN
trying_VBG
unsuccessfully_RB
to_IN
go_NN
legit_NNS
._.
but_CC
where_CS
the_DT
culmination_NN
of_IN
the_DT
godfather_NN
saga_NN
played_VBD
like_IN
opera_NN
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
more_DT
of_IN
an_DT
immediacy_NN
to_IN
carlito_NP
's_POS
way_NN
,_,
an_DT
ever-present_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
doom_NN
launched_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
title_NN
sequence_NN
which_WDT
sets_VBZ
the_DT
flashback_NN
story_NN
in_IN
motion_NN
._.
you_PP
sense_NN
that_CS
there_EX
's_BEZ
no_DT
way_NN
,_,
after_IN
so_RB
many_DT
years_NNS
,_,
that_CS
carlito_NP
can_MD
stay_VB
out_RP
of_IN
trouble_NN
._.
indeed_RB
,_,
he_PP
observes_VBZ
that_CS
his_PP$
attempt_NN
at_IN
the_DT
straight_JJ
life_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
a_DT
function_NN
of_IN
time_NN
than_CS
a_DT
change_NN
of_IN
heart_NN
:_:
"_"
you_PP
don't_DO
get_VB
reformed_JJ
;_;
you_PP
just_RB
run_VB
out_RP
of_IN
wind_NN
._.
"_"
pacino_NP
captures_NNS
carlito_NP
's_POS
dilemma_NN
with_IN
surprising_JJ
subtlety_NN
and_CC
the_DT
cautious_JJ
observation_NN
borne_VBN
of_IN
years_NNS
of_IN
experience_NN
watching_VBG
every_DT
corner_NN
for_IN
an_DT
enemy_NN
._.
sean_NP
penn_???
is_BEZ
even_JJ
better_NN
,_,
turning_VBG
in_IN
his_PP$
best_JJS
performance_NN
to_IN
date_NN
as_IN
kleinfeld_NP
._.
a_DT
jew_NN
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
of_IN
puerto_NP
rican_JJ
and_CC
italian_JJ
wiseguys_???
,_,
kleinfeld_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
outsider_NN
with_IN
a_DT
huge_JJ
chip_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
shoulder_NN
._.
he_PP
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
simply_RB
pathetic_JJ
,_,
a_DT
heavy_JJ
drinker_NN
and_CC
cocaine_NN
addict_NN
playing_VBG
tough_JJ
with_IN
guys_NNS
way_NN
out_RP
of_IN
his_PP$
league_NN
,_,
but_CC
penn_???
invests_VBZ
kleinfeld_NN
with_IN
tremendous_JJ
nervous_JJ
energy_NN
and_CC
an_DT
overwhelming_JJ
survival_NN
instinct_NN
._.
he_PP
shows_VBZ
a_DT
man_NN
moving_VBG
steadily_RB
towards_IN
the_DT
brink_NN
,_,
making_VBG
the_DT
moment_NN
he_PP
goes_VBZ
over_IN
quite_RB
jolting_VBG
._.
as_CS
compelling_JJ
as_IN
the_DT
narrative_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
viewers_NNS
may_MD
experience_VB
a_DT
profound_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
deja_???
vu_???
._.
depalma_???
continues_VBZ
to_TO
steal_VB
shamelessly_RB
from_IN
other_JJ
directors_NNS
,_,
this_DT
time_NN
adding_VBG
scorsese_JJ
to_IN
his_PP$
repertoire_NN
with_IN
a_DT
point_NN
of_IN
view_NN
tracking_NN
shot_NN
and_CC
a_DT
copacabana_NN
scene_NN
with_IN
more_DT
than_CS
passing_JJ
resemblances_NNS
to_IN
goodfellas_NP
._.
he_PP
even_RB
recycles_NNS
some_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
previous_JJ
plagiarisms_NNS
,_,
like_IN
a_DT
360_CD
degree_NN
swing_NN
around_IN
a_DT
kiss_NN
(_(
vertigo_NN
via_IN
body_NN
double_JJ
)_)
and_CC
the_DT
climactic_JJ
shootout_NN
which_WDT
will_MD
strike_VB
many_DT
as_IN
far_RB
too_RB
reminiscent_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
train_NN
station_NN
sequence_NN
from_IN
the_DT
untouchables_NNS
._.
from_IN
a_DT
story_NN
standpoint_NN
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
an_DT
obligatory_NN
love_NN
story_NN
with_IN
a_DT
cliche'd_???
long-suffering_JJ
girlfriend_NN
character_NN
._.
penelope_NP
ann_NP
miller_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
good_JJ
but_CC
limited_JJ
actor_NN
who_WP
doesn't_DOZ
do_DO
anything_PN
new_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
role_NN
,_,
and_CC
eventually_RB
she_PP
becomes_VBZ
just_RB
a_DT
distraction_NN
,_,
never_RB
integrated_JJ
fully_RB
enough_RB
into_IN
the_DT
story_NN
._.
still_RB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
easier_JJR
to_TO
be_BE
forgiving_VBG
of_IN
superficial_JJ
flaws_NNS
when_CS
the_DT
backbone_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
solid_JJ
._.
the_DT
two_CD
principle_NN
characters_NNS
held_VBN
an_DT
iron_NN
grip_NN
on_IN
my_PP$
attention_NN
,_,
one_CD
all_RB
the_DT
cinematic_JJ
thievery_NN
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
couldn't_MD
break_VB
._.
carlito_NP
's_POS
way_NN
plays_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
tragic_JJ
novel_NN
:_:
deliberate_JJ
,_,
confident_JJ
and_CC
powerful_JJ
._.
those_DT
willing_JJ
to_IN
grant_NN
depalma_???
his_PP$
tendencies_NNS
towards_IN
the_DT
extreme_JJ
should_MD
find_VB
themselves_PPX
well-_???
rewarded_VBN
._.
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