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Old 03-03-2014, 12:33 AM   #961
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I was quite the opposite. My family fell asleep watching it, and I had a really hard time not nodding off myself.

After seeing the lackluster RoboCop remake recently, I'd have to say that in a battle of remakes between those two, I'd give RoboCop the crown.

Why did you feel it was better than the original film?
Visually & thematically, I liked this TR better - I felt that the story, cityscapes, effects, chase scenes, & robotic soldiers were all amazing.
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:24 AM   #962
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Visually & thematically, I liked this TR better - I felt that the story, cityscapes, effects, chase scenes, & robotic soldiers were all amazing.
The story was weaker than the original film. They did use an interesting gimmick (elevator through the earth), but for me that's all it was: a gimmick. It was a standard haves/have-nots plot rather than the semi-complex political commentary offered up in the first film. Elysium did a better job with the same basic story used in this new Recall, and still didn't do much to distinguish itself with it.

As for F/X and action choreography, of course they're going to be better. But elaborate sci-fi worlds are a dime a dozen anymore. Every future world that's been built through a computer looks amazing these days. I would rather see a movie with a more fleshed-out world (Looper; Dredd) with less CG than a superficial one populated with a bunch of flying junk to distract the audience. Don't get me wrong, I like a visually impressive world, but I would rather the world be treated like a character of its own than just have a few buckets of CGI paint thrown on it.

Additionally, I couldn't root for anyone in this movie. The characters were uninteresting, and while the performances were competent they mostly felt phoned in. I'm making this assessment without comparing these reimagined characters to the old ones. For example, I thought the Fright Night remake was pretty decent, and the reimagining of Peter Vincent was fun. And even though I felt the new RoboCop was just "okay" at best, I liked the new direction they took with Bob Morten. But there's nobody to like in this new Recall. It's all the usual pretty faces without any of the fun. At least the new Vincent was hoot, at least the new Morten was a morally conflicted man I found myself siding with.
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You can't argue taste. AW liked it, you didn't. But to say it didn't have a plot is absurd. It was a remake, not a reboot. It had the same plot as the original. And, yes, that's a plot. It wasn't an attempt to send anything off in a new direction because it wasn't a series, it was a one-shot deal. They took the original story, changed a few peripherals, added modern SFX and shot it. That's what bugs a lot of people who were looking for something new - but that wasn't the intention of this film.

Having said that, when I saw this on TV, I didn't like it. Thread comments and an on-again, off-again appreciation of Colin Farrell caused me to buy the BD when it fell to $5.13. I kept it - mostly for the SFX and the hot chicks (Kate Beckinsale kicked ass) - but it'll never be in heavy rotation. Something about the film just doesn't click and it's probably Colin Farrell's fault. He doesn't seem up to carrying a film like, say, Arnold was. He's a nice sidebar in a film (see the remake of Minority Report), but of late he seems to be some kind of in a rut. So, that's my two bits, but I'm happy for the folks who think more of it.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:40 PM   #964
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But to say it didn't have a plot is absurd. It was a remake, not a reboot. It had the same plot as the original
I didn't say it didn't have a plot, I said the story was weaker. Plot and story aren't the same thing.

But it is true that you can't argue taste. Either way, this will be a film nobody will remember in a couple of years (if very many know of its existence even now). That says something about it.
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I didn't say it didn't have a plot, I said the story was weaker. Plot and story aren't the same thing.

But it is true that you can't argue taste. Either way, this will be a film nobody will remember in a couple of years (if very many know of its existence even now). That says something about it.
I ... Well, you didn't reedit your post so I'm not sure where the plot thing came from. It was 5 degrees wind chill here this morning, maybe my brain was still frozen. Hopefully there's no (more) permanent damage.
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I ... Well, you didn't reedit your post so I'm not sure where the plot thing came from. It was 5 degrees wind chill here this morning, maybe my brain was still frozen. Hopefully there's no (more) permanent damage.
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Was at Target and got surprised they had 4-5 copies w/slipcovers of the Target Exclusive. Thought this edition was rare to find.
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I was thinking about picking this up. What's the deal with this Mastered in 4K releases? Is it any different than the original BD release? I'm lost.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:38 AM   #969
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Either way, this will be a film nobody will remember in a couple of years (if very many know of its existence even now). That says something about it.
This is is your opinion. It's not everybody's opinion. I enjoyed it on its own merits. It had some great action, amazing effects, and I think it handled the source material well. Sure there were some plot holes/lapses in logic, like many action films, but I will certainly remember this. The Fall alone was something well worth seeing for fans of sci-fi. And this is coming from someone who has always loved the original (even saw it in the theatre when it first ran).
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