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Remakes/Reboots that you liked/loved

With the Bruce Willis-led remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson movie Death Wish coming out and drawing initial negative reaction. Just wanted to see from all of you what remakes/reboots did you see and actually liked/loved despite some initial skepticism or negative reaction from trailers/promos etc.

This could be a reboot of a movie franchise, a movie remake of a long-running TV series or simply a reboot of a well known standalone movie.

Some initial ones off the top of my head:

Superman Returns - The unofficial Superman III.

Miami Vice - Very underrated Michael Mann movie. Surprised this bombed. I would have liked to have seen a sequel.

Friday the 13th (2009): I enjoyed this reboot. Too bad it crashed after an initial strong start and it's performance wasn't good enough to make a sequel.

The Dark Knight Trilogy

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Karate Kid

Fast Five: Even though all the characters were the same from the 1st, 2nd and 4th movie, this was IMO for all intents and purposes a reboot of the series which changed it from a muscle car series to an action/adventure heist series. It made the series better.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: Pine did a good job with this and Costner was a good co-star. Too bad it did poorly and didn't work out rebooting the series.

The JJ Abrams directed/produced Star Trek series

Spider-Man Homecoming

The Amazing Spider-Man: I thought it was a pretty successful reboot after Raimi and Maguire bailed. Too bad it's sequel was a bloated mess.

The Magnificent Seven: Not a huge Western fan, but I thought this was a really entertaining movie. Denzel was solid and the supporting cast worked.

The Equalizer

The Planet of the Apes series

Mission: Impossible series -- Probably all of the movies except Part 1. That was my least favorite.


That's just some off the top of my head. What about the rest of you?

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Old 08-03-17, 03:54 PM
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John Carpenter's The Thing
Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II
The Blob (1988)
Mad Max Fury Road
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So you are going for newer age remakes right? Otherwise I'd have a lot like The Fly, ScarFace, Ocean's 11, The Thing, King Kong (70s version)...

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current Star Trek films
current Planet of Apes films
Mission: Impossible
Clash of the Titans
The Thing
The Fly
Mad Max Fury Road
Magnificent Seven
Daniel Craig Bonds
Alien
Predator
Terminator
Raiders of The Lost Ark

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I guess I've just been in denial that Fury Road was a remake of sorts.
My list : the Thing, the Fly, Wizard Of Oz (39), Scarface, Piranha, the Departed, the Vanishing and the Texas Chain Saw Massacre with that broad from True Detective and San Andreas.
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Raiders of The Lost Ark
Wait, what?
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Dawn of the Dead
Death Race
Start Trek
Planet of the Apes (including the Tim Burton film)
Clash of the Titans
My Fair Lady

The list goes on..
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Ghostbusters (2016)
Robocop
The Fly
The Force Awakens

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Dawn of the Dead
Good one. Responsible for the resurgence of zombie movies. And it was an earlier remake before it became so popular.

I'll add Christopher Nolan's Insomnia. Excellent movie. I recall a lot of outrage that they were remaking a recent Norwegian film so quickly. Didn't the director of Memento have anything better to do? I also remember listening to Nolan's DVD commentary, and his emphasis on how the viewer will feel about the details. And thought to myself, "this guy is going to make some really popular movies".

That was him getting his foot in the door at WB, which led to Batman. And I recall we were all quite excited about WB plucking a little art house director for a big action movie. Now that turned into the norm (MCU movies, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, etc.).

The Departed is another one - where everyone was upset about it being remade. Responses were mixed. I think it plays beautifully. Love the pacing and performances. And the whole movie plays like a good album. The editing and everything has a rhythm that makes it easy to watch again and again. Though that's kinda Martin Scorsese's thing.
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Manchurian Candidate
The Italian Job
Insomnia
The Magnificent Seven
The Equalizer
Mad Max Fury Road
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I really liked Spielberg's War of the Worlds.
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I still think the first third of 1976's King Kong is good. The way they build to his introduction and then you hear him crashing through the forest with only a few glimpses. (John Barry's ominous score helps a lot.) Then you see him in full...and he's obviously a man in a suit. After that the movie goes downhill pretty quick.
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I still think the first third of 1976's King Kong is good. The way they build to his introduction and then you hear him crashing through the forest with only a few glimpses. (John Barry's ominous score helps a lot.) Then you see him in full...and he's obviously a man in a suit. After that the movie goes downhill pretty quick.
Agree completely.
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Maniac with Elijah Wood
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Originally Posted by rw2516 View Post
current Star Trek films
current Planet of Apes films
Mission: Impossible
Clash of the Titans
The Thing
The Fly
Mad Max Fury Road
Magnificent Seven
Daniel Craig Bonds
Alien
Predator
Terminator
Raiders of The Lost Ark
The Terminator is a reboot? Predator? Alien?

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The Force Awakens

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The Force Awakens is a reboot? lol

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For me the only remake I liked is Halloween by Rob Zombie.
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2016's THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN was pretty good. It was actually better than the earlier MAGNIFICENT SEVEN sequels, e.g. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE (1972) with Lee Van Cleef. (Not Van Cleef's fault, it was just terribly low-budget and directed by a hack.)
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I really liked Spielberg's War of the Worlds.




I liked the Battlestar Galactica reboot.
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The Terminator is a reboot? Predator? Alien?
Terminator is a remake of Cyborg 2087(1966)
Alien is a remake of It! The Terror From Beyond Space(1957)
Predator is a remake of Without Warning(1980) same guy plays alien in both movies
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Wouldn't say they are remakes, but they are clearly inspired by the previous movies.

Screenwriter Jerome Bixby on IT!:
“In all honesty, my story was also derivative,” he allowed. “Essentially what I did was take Howard Hawks’ ‘The Thing’ and play it aboard a spaceship. But I didn’t copy the story line; I used the film ‒ a masterpiece in the genre ‒ as inspiration for my story. The Hawks film has long been a model for SF writers.”

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Originally Posted by covenant View Post
Wouldn't say they are remakes, but they are clearly inspired by the previous movies.

Screenwriter Jerome Bixby on IT!:
It! transferred The Thing to outer space, but Alien is a direct remake of It!. Exact same storyline just different monster.

We could settle what is or is not a remake by setting a ground rule:

Is Magnificent Seven a remake of Seven Samurai?
Different title
Different setting
Different characters
Same storyline
Remake? or just "based on"
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It! transferred The Thing to outer space, but Alien is a direct remake of It!. Exact same storyline just different monster.

Promo blurb:
Spoiler:
A rescue ship travels out to Mars to retrieve the only survivor of a space probe that has experienced some sort of cataclysm. That survivor, Col Ed Carruthers is accused of murdering his fellow crewmen. But Ed claims that the killer was a Martian monster, and hopes to prove his assertions by signing up for a second journey to the Red Planet. Before long, the crew members of this second expedition are being systematically killed off, and it looks as though Ed is up to his old tricks. As it turns out, however, Ed was telling the truth: there is a monster on board, the savage descendant of the once-mighty Martian civilization, who snuck on board when an irresponsible crew member left the door open. The monster stays alive by absorbing the vital body fluids of its victims-and there seems to be no way to stop this parasitic creature.

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Terminator is a remake of Cyborg 2087(1966)
Alien is a remake of It! The Terror From Beyond Space(1957)
Predator is a remake of Without Warning(1980) same guy plays alien in both movies
Oh for fucks sakes 🙄
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The Terminator is a reboot? Predator? Alien?



The Force Awakens is a reboot? lol
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That was more of a joke, as the ongoing internet opinion is The Force Awakens is a remake of A New Hope. I loved TFA and hell I even like the prequels.
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I think there's a difference between "inspired by" and "remake."

The Magnificent Seven producers paid Toho studios for the rights to the story.
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Originally Posted by Ky-Fi View Post
I think there's a difference between "inspired by" and "remake."

The Magnificent Seven producers paid Toho studios for the rights to the story.
I completely agree, but you know YouTube reviewers....clickbait
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