Movie Monday: Reboots

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I’d like to use this weeks Movie Monday post to talk about the current trend of Rebooting movies and franchises. In the last few years we have seen An A-Team reboot, a Spider-Man one, Total Recall. We saw Judge Dredd come back to our screens in Dredd. We also have Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. I’ve also heard a rumour that there will be a Starship Troopers  and RoboCop reboot too.

Most of the time these movies are very uninspiring. I found the Spider-Man reboot just that, although Andrew Garfield was very good as Peter Parker and the rest of the cast was mostly very good. The storyline and the fact that the original Spider-Man films are still quite fresh in our memories.

The A-Team movie was okay at best Liam Neeson was as always very solid. Quinton Jackson as B.A. was good and so was Sharlto Copley as Murdock. I felt Bradley Cooper did not do justice to the character of Face. I remember Face to be very Suave when he was played by Dick Benedict in the TV series and Cooper made him to much of a loud mouth. I like Bradly Cooper but he didn’t pull this one-off.

Total Recall I’m still on the fence with. When I watched it I was half asleep so I’d like to give it another watch before deciding once and for all.

Out of the movies that I have mentioned the only remakes that has impressed me was Dredd and the Batman trilogy. Dredd was a lot more raw then the original version and Christophe Nolan gave Batman a whole new edge which worked really well.

I am not anti-reboots, but they have to be good. They have to do something more than just make money. Rebooting Spider-Man so soon after the first three movies were made was not needed really. People know the origin story, so why do it again?

I would love to see Hollywood taking a few chances and make some original movies like Moon by Duncan Jones. Or Christopher Nolan’s Inception. District 9 was an amazing movie as well. If you’re going to do a reboot it needs to be something different to what we have seen, not the same old story time and time again.

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Movie Monday

I love movies, I mean I absoluetly love movies and if you have been reading my blog for a while you’ll have noticed that I talk about movies quite often so (hopefully) each Monday I’ll be putting up  a post about the movies that I really want to see or am about to watch, or have just watched.

Resident Evil:Retribution

 

I saw this one when it came out and have been thinking about it here and there.  It’s not bad, but it’s not anywhere near as good the previous four films.  It left me feeling a little unsatisfied if I’m honest.  Nothing was tidied up from the last film, no answers were given to questions from the last film, or how Jill Valentine ended up where she was.  The best part of the film was the ending because it set up the next film.  Although it did create a lot of questions but hopefully the producers will answer them in the next film.

 

Prometheus

 

I saw this one when it came out and found that I was annoyed at how it’s meant to be an Alien prequel, but they had better technology.  If there was no Alien element to it then it would not have made any difference to the movie.  It’s the simple thing of technology though.  In this film the technology the crew have is far superior to that of the original film, but I’ll see how it plays out when I watch it sometime this week.

 

And has anyone seen the images of the new Robocop? is it my imagination that it looks like a cheap knock off of Iron Man? I’m thinking that it might have been an idea for the producers to have kept it under wraps for a while because a still picture never shows how it will look in a movie.

 

Top three movies of the year so far:

  1. The Avengers (Avengers Assemble)
  2. The Hunger Games
  3. The Dark Knight Rises

How Sci-Fi Films Have Influenced Me Pt.2 Robots

I remember first seeing Robocop and thinking ‘WOW’ and I loved the idea of it. The whole concept of a used human body lingering onto life being made into an uncompromising law enforcement officer really blew my mind away. There was no arguing with Robo. If he saw the law being broken then he would deal with it instantly, and efficiently. Peter Weller played the role magnificently as well. I’m not too sure about the re-make being planned though. I was quite looking forward to the idea of it when Michael Fassbender was apparently going to star but from what I’ve heard he isn’t anymore. So I’m a little worried about how it’ll work out.
Me and a friend used to argue  discuss who was better, Robocop or The Terminator. Then I saw Terminator 2 and The Terminator won (sorry Robo)
The Terminator was as uncompromising as Robocop was. In the first two films The Terminator was unrelenting. Nothing was going to stop it achieving its mission, well, unless your name was Kyle Reese. Arnie played it perfectly, he was born to play the role. The third film was, well no comment lol but I did enjoy the fourth film in the series.
No other films really caught my attention when it comes to robots. None really made me think about the troubles that robots might have until I saw I, Robot. Then I saw Blade Runner which I’m still not sure about.  I need to watch it a few times to really get into it I think.

Robots have never really grabbed my attention though. I’m more fascinated by mech suits. The type of thing that is in Avatar, those really fascinate me. I have a few really good ideas of how to play with them in my fiction.  Come to think of it Robocop was not a robot either, would he not be considered a cyborg???   Maybe I’ve not seen enough movies with robots in but from what I have seen they havent touched me on the emotional, or inspirational side outside of The Terminator.  Any recommendations are welcome 😀