A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM REVIEWED
“A Shock to The System” is a pretty forgettable film from 1990. Michael Caine plays a Wall Street type who is angry about being passed over. Then, he discovers the joys of murder. Whether it’s a bum or an office slimeball, Caine finds out that life does improve when people get out of your way forever. Elizabeth McGovern puts in stellar work as a personnel officer that respect Caine. But, this is Caine’s movie to go full ham.
People love poking fun at Michael Caine from 1987-on. It’s just that while he picks movies like a blind man playing darts, he always commits to everything. I’d have a hard time seeing this movie getting released now due to the sensitive climate. More than anything this was a production holdover from the 1980s that capitalized on the then-waning fascination with white collar crime. Now that white collars schmucks have become the people directly running and ruining the country, it’s harder to find Caine to be sympathetic.
Plus, a modern studio would ham-fist in an angle to make McGovern into the person he ultimately drives the narrative.
- Alternate Ending
- Still Gallery
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 7/4/17
- Video - 93%93%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Supplemental Material - 93%93%
- Film Score - 82%82%
The Plot Thus Far
Graham Marshall already celebrates his anxiously awaited promotion in an advertising company, when he learns that Roger Benham, one of his subordinates, will be promoted instead of him. Frustrated that his hated life will never change, he starts a cunning ploy to take bloody revenge on everyone who humiliated him – starting with his unnerving wife.