Robert De Niro Cape Fear
Robert De Niro Cape Fear is 1991 thriller film under the direction of Martin Scorsese which was a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. Robert De Niro , in yet another brilliant teaming with Scorsese, stars in this Cape Fear as a Max Cady, a psychopathic rapist who was sent to jail for 14 years. When he gets out from prison he gets out with vengeance for his defence councillor, Sam J. Bowden, who didn’t seem to defend Cady to best of his ability. The character of Sam J. Bowden is played by Nick Nolte in this movie.
The first impression of Robert De Niro in Cape fear is that he seems to be just another psychopath, a rapist and convict out to torment and humiliate a nice, upper-middle class family. But gradually it becomes apparent that things are not what they look like. The wholesome “superior” middle class family is rotten with corruption, white the vicious, psychotic De Niro is a man of extraordinary courage, intelligence and spiritual strength.
Cady’s return to Bowden’s life could not have come at a worse time. Bowden was on the verge of beginning another affair with a female workmate and his wife is distrustful and worst of all his daughter is at the difficult age of 15. Bowden has been forced to move his family to Florida after his infidelities threatened his marriage and career. Robert De Niro understand these problems in the Bowden’s household and acts on them by terrorising him and his whole family, taking it from one extreme to the next.
What makes Robert De Niro Cape Fear such a wonderful film is the rapidly increasing sense of claustrophobia. Scorsese makes a point of using almost only close up shots towards the end of the film which was the great touch that makes the viewer more scared as the film goes on. Over all Robert De Niro Cape Fear is flashier in every aspect than the original — more guns, more blood.
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