A Shock to the System (1990) - Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Hohum Score

25

Watchable

When you think you're at the top of the corporate ladder and then discover they have managed to pull that ladder away, sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to "level" the playing ...

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Jan Egleson
Stars: Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern
Length: 88 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 4 out of 45 found boring (8.88%)

One-line Reviews (14)

Cain's performance makes this otherwise mediocre film well worth watching.

In the spirit of fairness, I put myself in the shoes of someone who does like this genre, and for those with a more sardonic sense of humor, it's probably very entertaining.

The original novel was an entertaining crime thriller.

He took a basically inconsequential film, in which he was arguably miscast (being a Brit), and turned it into a really good, enjoyable movie.

Michael Caine as usual has given a controlled and riveting performance.

The two leads, Michael Caine and Peter Riegert, clash in their aspirations to ascend within their company, and the results of their competition are intriguing and entertaining to say the least.

It turned that Graham was right as Brewster, who was forced to retired from Gibbs, gulped down a bottle of sleeping pills as he waited for his train home in Grand Central Station and fell asleep forever.

The main problem lies in Jan Egleson's hum-drum, deadly dull and boringly repetitious close-ups.

It makes good statements about the day to day pressures, the lack of reward one has while working hard at everything, but such statement is presented in a light and entertaining way.

It's an extremely boring and ultimately depressing movie about one of the most unlikable protagonists I've ever seen in a movie.

It keeps a deliciously taut tension throughout that's so well executed, you really forget there are few really jarring moments (save one, that makes the entire picture worth watching).

Here's a small film that accomplishes so much more than the big ones with larger than life budgets and no story to tell.

An entertaining movie.

Unlike his TV compatriots, however, Engleson has broken free of all the usual boring, camera-nailed-to-the-floor, close-up after close-up set-ups.