Papillion (2017)


“Now what’s the son of two school teachers doing in a place like this?” – Louis Dega

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A French thief is captured and sent to far away Devil’s Island where he tries to find a way to escape to freedom.

My Take on it – This is an extremely boring remake that fails to add absolutely anything to the story told 44 years earlier which is a huge shame.

The lead cast of Charlie Hunnam and recent Oscar winner Rami Malek is quite good, but neither of them are Dustin Hoffman or Steve McQueen.

There is obviously a need to compare the performances of these men in these almost identical characters and that in and of itself makes this film lose much of its appeal since the comparisons are inevitable.

They choose to tell the story in a really boring way and that, along with the extremely slow pacing takes away so much from the enjoyment of such a film.

I must admit though, that I am once again flabbergasted that Hollywood would choose to remake a very good film and try and replace it with an mediocre version that doesn’t even come close to comparison.

The most disappointing factor of this film is that it doesn’t even seem to try and be unique in the way that it tells this story and that’s quite a shame since it largely feels like an inferior carbon copy of the previous film and doesn’t seem to have its own voice.

This is truly a pointless remake that probably never should ever been made.

Bottom Line – Really poorly remake that doesn’t manage to add anything to the story which is a shame. Hunnam and Malek are no McQueen and Hoffman and the obvious need to compare their performances makes this film even less enthusiastic to try to get through. The story is told in a really boring fashion and the pacing is super slow which takes away even more from the enjoyment here. Once again, we find that Hollywood has chosen to make another pointless remake of a film that didn’t need to be remade.  What’s even more disappointing is the fact that if one does try to remake a film, they should try to make it different than the original, but this feels too much like a carbon copy of the original for its own good.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Yorick van Wageningen, shooting the prison scenes in Montenegro was constantly disrupted by bad weather, which turned the entire set into a giant mud bath. He was originally supposed to work on the project for only a few weeks, but the delays forced him to stay on for two months. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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