The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre has been chosen by Robb of Red Bezzle and it is Remade Movies.
Love or hate, compare and contrast, and dare to say they’re better. It could be a relocated remake a la The Magnificent Seven, an Animation to Live Action remake similar to The Jungle Book or straight forward reimagining such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of September by sending them to email@example.com
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Robb!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Re-Made Movies.…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Sep 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Four men from different backgrounds volunteer to transport sensitive explosives across a rugged jungle terrain.
My Take on it – I only heard of this film a few months ago after watching Wages of Fear (1954) and then being told that this was an English language remake of that amazing film.
Since then, for some reason, I kept pushing off watching this film and thankfully, I was able to finally in the mood to watch it since it fits in so well with this month’s GG theme; remade movies.
After loving the original film, I knew going in that it would be quite difficult to love this movie as much since there aren’t many remakes that are able to eclipse the original.
This film doesn’t really manage to add anything new to the plot of the story but Director William Friedkin is able to keep things interesting and thrilling the whole way through.
The biggest problem IMHO is the cast.
This film needed an actual star to take on the lead role and as good as Roy Scheider is, he just was never the best leading man.
I heard that originally Steve McQueen was suppose to play the lead and THAT really would have been spectacular to watch because he, unlike Scheider had such an amazing on screen presence and would have been great in the lead.
They do a great job here of putting together a group of strangers and having them be required to rely on one another in order to stay alive despite.
Finding ways for them to get along during their long and dangerous mission helps each of them discover new ways to ignore or work out their differences.
The main theme of this film is all about redemption because each of these men have committed unthinkable acts yet despite that they each have come to a point in their lives where they must find a way to continue their lives while trying to keep their real identities a secret and remain anonymous in this forsaken wasteland that they have each exiled themselves to.
Bottom Line – Good premise, but it doesn’t really add anything new to the plotline originally given to us all in Wages of Fear (1954). Scheider is ok here in the lead but isn’t really able to give us an amazing presence as a leader. Really liked the idea of putting strangers together to fulfill a job while trying to overcome their differences along the way. The themes of redemption are quite clear here as these men who have done unthinkable acts must try and find a way to continue their lives even when they must try to do things anonymously. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the book “William Friedkin: Films of Aberration, Obsession and Reality” by Thomas D. Clagett, William Friedkin names this film as “my favorite of all the films that I have made. It’s one of my only films I can watch because it came out almost exactly as I intended.” (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Good idea, but no where near as good as the original was despite taking it in some really thrilling directions. It does come close tho.
Rating – Globe Worthy
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