Hollywood Remakes

In the weeks to come, we will be presented with another Hollywood remake of a french thriller called “Anthony Zimmer”.

I am referring to “The Tourist” starring the tinseltown royalties Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie who shot the movie last year in the gorgeous location of Venetto.

Having seen Anthony Zimmer, which is a subpar thriller to begin with due to its predictability, I am hoping that this remake will improve upon the original one, which is, most of the time, just a wishful thinking.

Rarely has there been cases where Hollywood actually inproved upon original movies it remade. Case in point, “The Next Three Days” with Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. This movie was remade from another excellent French thriller called “Pour Elle”. The top notch acting of Russel Crowe and sure hand direction of Paul Haggis can not save this remake because of the miscast of Elizabeth Bank in the role originated by Diane Kruger in “Pour Elle”. The female lead in this movie is supposed to elicit care and sympathy from the audience therefore when the prison break actually happened, audiences will root for the couple to succeed, and hence the suspense will be amped up to a high level. Unfortunately,  that failed miserably on the remake because the audiences did not really care much for the female lead here.

I am wondering how much longer will it be, before Hollywood decide to dust off “Don’t Say A Word”, another excellent French suspense flick, and decide to ruin the reputation of that movie by giving it a remake.

I don’t even dare to guess who the Tinseltown royalties will be cast in the roles of the lead for “Don’t Say A Word”, had the remake been green-lit.

However, I am quite curious to see what David Fincher can do to a perfect thriller like “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. If there is one person who can improve on an original material in Hollywood, I would vote for him. Every movies he made (except Alien 3) have been winners in my book. Although it will still remain to be seen that the casting of Rooney Mara in the role of Lisbeth Salander is a brilliant move or a grand misfire that sink the remake.

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