Movie Remakes And Reboots: The Ones That Worked

Movie remakes and reboots aren’t always bad. From time to time, we get one that actually improved on the original and made us happy.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a lot of recent remakes are just unnecessary and a waste of everybody’s time. Some of the biggest offenders so far have been Total Recall and King Kong, which actually took away some of the things we enjoyed about the originals. A couple of the most recent announcements included RoboCop and Poltergeist, which even though we haven’t really seen them yet aside from a trailer for the former – which you can see right here –, those two films were fine the way they were.

Some movie remakes and reboots actually did work, though, or we hope they will.

One remake we hope will work is based on the announcement that there will be a Stargate trilogy in the works. Considering how uninteresting the first film starring James Spader and Kurt Russell was, a remake might actually be an improvement. It’s too early to tell, as Roland Emmerich, the director of the first one, just announced plans for the new trilogy.

Previous movie remakes and reboots that worked include Death Race. Director Paul W.S. Anderson made it a trilogy using practical effects and characters that you actually cared about, even if it did end up taking the Fast and Furious route of releasing the films out of chronological order. It even paid respect to Death Race 2000 by playing a clip of it.

Another remake that actually worked was Dredd. Sure, Sylvester Stallone made an entertaining, if silly, version of the comic book character, but the remake actually made it more realistic and gave audiences more of what they wanted.

The Karate Kid was a surprisingly well-made reboot which, even though it had Jaden Smith actually learning Kung Fu, gave us a fresh update with its own heart.

Ocean’s Eleven was barely relevant before George Clooney took the lead role and gave it a different kind of humor and story. A top-notch cast pulled off that heist so well that it spawned two sequels, which didn’t fare so well.

In an era full of movie remakes and reboots, it’s refreshing to see that some of them really do work.