Fast Charlie Film Review: Pierce Brosnan and Morena Baccarin Shine Brightly

Pierce Brosnan has always had a refined sense of style. Even when he’s involved in the gritty business of eliminating troublesome individuals for a mob boss, his sophistication remains intact. The story unfolds in a New Orleans town, where Brosnan portrays Charlie Swift, also known as Fast Charlie, a man well into his 60s but still in top shape. After a distinguished career in the Marines, he finds himself entangled in the world of gangsters. The film doesn’t delve into deep questions, so don’t expect clear answers. The surface narrative suggests that the boss he serves, Stan (played by Caan), embodies a paternal figure who operates with a twisted sense of righteousness. Stan values loyalty, rewards those who are loyal to him, keeps his promises, respects his ‘territory,’ and so on. As the story progresses, Charlie attempts to articulate the significance of Stan in his life through a meandering tale about his father, though the true meaning remains ambiguous. In any case, it’s evident that Stan holds a special place in Charlie’s heart. So, when a bold and ambitious rival gangster named Beggar (portrayed by Akinnagbe) threatens Stan, Charlie opts for a calculated, understated approach to seek revenge.

Fast Charlie review


Everything unfolds smoothly – or ‘nice and easy,’ as Charlie puts it while charming a group of hefty individuals at a bar – thanks to Brosnan’s natural charm and the added gravitas that comes with age, allowing us to trust his words even in unfamiliar territories.

Yet, what truly elevates Fast Charlie is Marcie (a standout performance by Baccharin), playing the role of the ex-wife of one of the slain gang members. Through Baccharin’s portrayal, characterized by her warm gaze and enigmatic smile, the film transcends the typical ’90s mob genre, hinting at a promising future for its two main stars.

In his final role, Caan, as Stan, muses that with time, one often regrets the things left undone more than the actions taken.

Charlie and Marcie might not carry such regrets, and for this brisk 90-minute thriller, that’s more than sufficient.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Morena Baccarin, James Caan, Gbenga Akinnagbe
Rating: 2.5 stars

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