Name a movie reboot that is actually good

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Muse

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Aliens isn't exactly a remake of Alien, but it can almost be called a reboot. Different director (Cameron vs. Ridley), same star heroin, same formula and many of the plot lines are carried forward. Technically it starts where Alien finished. And Aliens >>> Alien. I watched the former last night, the latter the night before. I hope I never watch Alien again, it's that bad. Aliens really is pretty damned good.
 

Aikouka

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I thought we enjoyed the first F&F because it was bad... granted, I haven't watched any of the sequels.

One interesting thing that I learned recently... most if not all of the cars in Fast and the Furious were legit and actually modified... even down to the Mustang with a RB26DETT from a Skyline in Tokyo Drift. There's a video on YouTube with the guy that modified all the cars going through each one, and it was surprising to hear that some of the vehicles weren't just faked (e.g. the Mustang just had a normal Ford V6 in it).
 

rchunter

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That jackie chan foreigner movie was pretty good.

Edit, never mind it’s not a reboot of anything
 

ImpulsE69

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Aliens isn't exactly a remake of Alien, but it can almost be called a reboot. Different director (Cameron vs. Ridley), same star heroin, same formula and many of the plot lines are carried forward. Technically it starts where Alien finished. And Aliens >>> Alien. I watched the former last night, the latter the night before. I hope I never watch Alien again, it's that bad. Aliens really is pretty damned good.

You might be the only person in the world who thinks Alien is bad - except some over pompous critics.
 
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IronWing

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Time for a remake of On Golden Pond with Jane Fonda playing Ethyl Thayer?
 

gorobei

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a guy named joe -> always
thomas crown affair
fright night
the blob
 

Muse

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One interesting thing that I learned recently... most if not all of the cars in Fast and the Furious were legit and actually modified... even down to the Mustang with a RB26DETT from a Skyline in Tokyo Drift. There's a video on YouTube with the guy that modified all the cars going through each one, and it was surprising to hear that some of the vehicles weren't just faked (e.g. the Mustang just had a normal Ford V6 in it).
That movie did have a very legit feel for an obviously unbelievable story. The followup stuff that I saw (there are several!), didn't compare.
 

zinfamous

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How about the foreign originals that are better than the Hollywood remake?

Let Me In vs Let The Right One In.

Girl With the Dragon Tatoo was also a foreign movie first but I havn't seen it.

Good calls. They actually did the entire Danish trilogy (with Noomi Rapace!) before the US version of Dragon Tattoo....this new one coming out with the queen of England playing Lisbeth: Is the character re-written as some sort of crazy badass assassin action hero? I don't get.

I definitely think Let the Right One In is superior, but the US version is also really good, and quite faithful to the original. I like Richard Jenkins in everything he does.
 

Muse

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You might be the only person in the world who thinks Alien is bad - except some over pompous critics.
It may have just been my mindset the other night. I won't toss the disk. I know, I didn't hate it back when.
 

Ichinisan

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...

It's like me watching Rent in late 200x. Back in 90s the issues Rent tackled were hot issues of it's time (homosexuality, AIDS, bohemian lifestyle, etc).

By the time I saw it, they were no big deal. I felt like I was missing something why Rent was so influential.
Rent is just really really bad. I don't understand why people like it.
 

Muse

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Rent is just really really bad. I don't understand why people like it.
I've watched quite a few movies because I encountered someone (usually online) who professed a great liking for it and been disappointed when I didn't like it. It's made me think I should be more skeptical. Yeah, your time is more valuable than to spend 2 hours watching something and come out feeling it was something you wish you hadn't done.
 

Zeze

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Rent is just really really bad. I don't understand why people like it.
I'm not the biggest fan of any broadway, but I appreciate it.

I wasn't crazy about Rent, but I totally get its appeal. Any good live singing is worth a watch. The songs are catchy. And Rent has its distinct feel to a certain time in 80s/90s.

I DO love me some music and visual/athletic feat driven shows like Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil is just spectacular and absolutely jaw dropping.
 

pmv

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Surely a remake and a reboot are different things?

You can remake an old stand-alone movie. A reboot surely has to apply to a franchise, a sequence of sequels that have lost their way?

The Fly was a remake, which led to a sequel to the remake. It wasn't a reboot because there was never a franchise in the first place, just the one movie. I think.


I'm sure there have been lots of excellent remakes (definitely there are cases where the remake is the far more famous and acclaimed version), but I can't think of any right now because my brain needs a reboot.

I'd suggest Carpenter's The Thing but that technically maybe wasn't a remake as it was a new attempt to film the original short story and didn't really have anything to do with the first version. And then the later prequel was, well, a prequel even if it might as well have been a sort of remake.


Asking about the best 'reboot' is surely looking at a pretty small number of contenders, not a lot of movies have spawned sequels that became a franchise that then got restarted again. I can't think of one where the rebooted one was better than the original. If the original hadn't at least started well it would never have become a series of sequels in the first place.
 

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Aliens isn't exactly a remake of Alien, but it can almost be called a reboot. Different director (Cameron vs. Ridley), same star heroin, same formula and many of the plot lines are carried forward. Technically it starts where Alien finished. And Aliens >>> Alien. I watched the former last night, the latter the night before. I hope I never watch Alien again, it's that bad. Aliens really is pretty damned good.


Aliens is neither a reboot nor a remake. It's a sequel!

And yes, it's great, but I think the thing is, it's not all-round better, but it's far better for rewatching than the original. The original depended on suspence and shock value, and just doesn't bear rewatching at all, because of the genre it is. An action/war movie like the sequel just holds up better for that.
 
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spacejamz

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I thought the new Total Recall was pretty good...Having Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel didn't hurt either...
 

spacejamz

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Aliens is neither a reboot nor a remake. It's a sequel!

And yes, it's great, but I think the thing is, it's not all-round better, but it's far better for rewatching than the original. The original depended on suspence and shock value, and just doesn't bear rewatching at all, because of the genre it is. An action/war movie like the sequel just holds up better for that.

The first Alien was a suspense flick which cannot be compared to an popcorn action flick....they were both great in their own way....
 

Muse

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I thought the new Total Recall was pretty good...Having Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel didn't hurt either...
I haven't seen the new one but was pretty disappointed the last time I watched Total Recall. I really liked it way back when.
 

nakedfrog

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I want to say yes, but he did mention Kate Beckinsale for some reason....wait, why did he mention Kate Beckinsale? I'm confused and curious now.
Yeah, if I get to have those two, I'll say whatever you want about any movie.