The Global Panorama riffs through the scores of remakes made over the past couple of years to find the ones that a worth a watch

Total recall (2012) is a remake of the 1990 film of the same name that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. The science fiction film paid homage to the original but managed to tell the story in a different way… they didn’t go to Mars. Sorry.

The Ring (2002) is a remake of the Japanese horror film Ring which was made in 1998. The Japanese horror is further based on the book Ring written by Koji Suzuki.

King Kong (2005) is a remake of the 1933 classic. This remake was a chance for Peter Jackson to go big on the visuals and special effects in ways that they could not in the 1930s. It’s spectacular and Andy Serkis brings more life and emotion to the famous giant gorilla.

You probably didn’t know this, but Three Men and a Baby (1987) is a remake of a french film Trois Hommes et un couffin (Three men and a Cradle) 1985.

Footloose (2011) is a remake of the classic 80’s dance film. It didn’t do as well as the original but is fun to watch as they recreate the moments we fell in love with the first time with a modern twist.

Clash of the Titans (2010) starring Sam Worthington is one of my favourite films and is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. Clash of the Titans is one of those films where the remake is better than the original, in my opinion.

The Karate Kid (2010), if you thought the 1984 original was so good that it could not be remade think again because they go ahead and do it with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Although Smith learns Kung Fu and not Karate…

Another surprising edition is The Mummy (1999). It was a loose remake of the 1932 film of the same name. Due to it being a ‘loose’ remake I’m guessing the similarities are few and that the 1999 version has a more modern plot.

The Magnificent Seven (1960) is another American remake of a Japanese film this time Seven Samurai 1954. It has just been remade again by Antoine Fuqua and was released September 23, this year, in the US.  A remake inception sort of.

The Departed (2006) American crime thriller is a remake of a Hong Kong film called Internal Affairs (2002). Both films are interesting and have a lot to offer so why not watch both?

– Gift Ruremesha, Correspondent (Film)

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