February 23, 2014
Hard to not compare it to the original ...
Honestly - if you've never seen the original, you'll probably like this movie. Lots of famous actors in supporting roles, explosions, great CGI, etc. But if you have seen the original, and liked it, you may be disappointed in the attempt to make the Alex Murphy character into an everyday family man - think Bill Bixby's David Banner, but more brooding.
Even though the film was well cast, with great actors (Gary Oldham & Zach Grenier come to mind first) in supporting roles, the whole thing generally lacked gravitas, humor, or even grittiness. Samuel L. Jackson's performance as a TV show host reminded me too much of his recent credit card ads - I was waiting for him to say "What's In YOUR Wallet, MuthaF***er?" (He does drop a MF, in case you're hoping, but it's bleeped.)
This makes me glad I skipped the other recent Verhoeven remake, "Total Recall" - if it's this milquetoast compared to the original, I don't want to see it.
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