We all know how terrible remakes can be. Many remakes are too overdone with too much CGI and not enough acting. Others go too far from the original to be considered a true remake. While we could debate the worst remakes all day, there’s really no point, because they are better left in the past. Sometimes all the right ingredients come together, and you get something familiar, but also new and exciting. Science fiction films have had some of the most important and successful films. However, moviemaking technology has made huge strides over the past decade. On the other hand, CGI doesn’t necessarily make a movie good. Which remakes are really worth the effort and which are not?
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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To start off with a really great one, I’d argue that both the original and the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers Neck and neck are the best for deciding which one is best. The 1956 film was the first to be released in black and white. It was set in Santa Mira, a fictional small town. Kevin McCarthyDr. Miles Bennell is a man who watches his town become hysterical when people believe their relatives are being replaced with imposters who look exactly like them. Soon enough, Miles and Becky Driscoll become best friends.Dana Wynter) find themselves in the middle of a true alien takeover, as people around them quickly get taken and replaced by new versions grown from alien pods.
The film had a significant impact on science fiction and movies in general. It was therefore no surprise that Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) was remade. The movie adapts the story to modern settings and presents it in a new light. The movie stars Donald Sutherland Elizabeth Driscoll is a scientist who works in a San Francisco laboratory. Brooke Adams, who believes that he boyfriend isn’t acting like himself. The ending is shocking, and the story is very similar to that of the original. It stars, too. Leonard Nimoy Jeff GoldblumThe latter is featured in another remake on this page.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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Fear not, this isn’t about the 2001 Planet of the Apes By Tim Burton, which in all honesty, I didn’t know existed until I wrote this article. The original series of films was made in the 1960s. ‘0s were cutting edge for the time, especially considering how little they could do in terms of special effects back then, the reboot series of films that began in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring Andy Serkis, James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, and many more big names, are magnificent films on their own and as remakes.
Seriously, who would’I never thought that movies about apes revolting from humans would work with different audiences or moviemaking techniques. Although the films are full of great characters and worldbuilding, the films are worth watching for the acting by cast members like Serkis. Karin Konoval, Richard RidingsThese are just a few of the many actors who bring humanity to the ape characters. They are created using performance capture and special effects. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes films, which are a remake of the original, do justice to the original and show how far moviemaking has come in just a few years.
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The 1982 science fiction horror film that became a cult classic. The Thing It is technically based upon the novella Who goes there?ByJohn W. Campbell Jr., but it’s also a remake of the 1951 black-and-white movie The Thing from Another WorldThe Thing is also known by the name “The Thing”. The original film is about a group of U.S. Air Force personnel and a few scientists who discover an alien frozen in Arctic ice. They decide to study it but they get into trouble when they accidentally defrost it.
The 1982 remake was directed by John Carpenter, whose name alone should convince you of the movie’s integrity as a hit horror film. Starring Kurt RussellMacReady is the helicopter pilot. The movie follows a team of scientists and researchers who discover the Antarctica’s titular. “Thing,”A creature that can look like another person and incites paranoia. As you might expect this causes everyone to suspect each other as they end up dying. This cast also includes Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Richard Masur, T.K. CarterThe movie features outstanding performances and deep characters. These are only amplified due to the larger special effects capabilities that were available in 1951.
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The ginormous prehistoric beast, a true international icon of a character. It first appeared in the 1954 film. GodzillaThrough the 30 or so Japanese films featuring the character, it rose in popularity. It makes sense that Godzilla has been loved by so many people, and they have all attempted to make their own versions with varying degrees success. Well, in the case of 2014’s Godzilla, The Warner Bros. film directed and produced by Gareth EdwardsThe remake was a huge success. The film, which features the likes. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins.
The movie introduces you to the cast of “monsters,”Also known as kaiju. This is the monster that the world first fears and then wants to eradicate. The 2014 film brings a lot of humanity and subtext to the original story, creating a version of Godzilla that you can more easily sympathize with, which is saying a lot considering it’s a huge monster that doesn’t speak. Vastly different from the first Godzilla films of the ’50s, that’s part of what makes the new film series so good — it keeps many classic elements of the Godzilla story, while also weaving in more modern ideals and capabilities.
The Invisible Man
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Definitely one of the most recent remakes on this list, I’m referring to the 2020 film directed by Leigh WhannellStaring Elisabeth Moss. The film is a remake of the 1933 film starring Robert Redford. Claude Rains Gloria StuartBoth are based on the same book. H. G. Wells. The original film is about a man who transforms into an invisible man after a special experiment. He eventually becomes insane and begins to perform darker and more sinister acts while invisible. He eventually commits murder.
2020 Version The Invisible Man takes this basic premise to a whole other level, with Moss’s character Cecelia running from her abusive genius ex-partner, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). After Adrian’s apparent suicide, Cecelia starts to think that he faked it all in order to torment her while invisible, a capability he developed through advanced technology. Adrian wants Cecelia to go insane as a revenge for his abandonment. The concept of the film is extremely well-executed, and it’s a truly thrilling psychological horror film.
It stars alongside Jackson-Cohen and Moss. Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer as Cecelia’s support system who try to help her even when they think she’s experiencing paranoia and hallucinations as a side effect of the trauma she went through while dating Adrian. The Invisible Man seamlessly blends social commentary and brutal science fiction-based terror to create one the most memorable horror movies of recent years.
1995 Sylvester StalloneA film called “The Star” in which she starred was the film that I starred in. Judge DreddBased on a pre-existing comic book character with the same name, the film is called “The Movie”. As with a lot of Stallone movies, the film is so bad, it’s good (though even that’s debatable). Stallone plays Judge Joseph Dredd in the 2080s. “street judge”Who is allowed serve his own justice, regardless of how severe, to criminals on street. It’s a good enough movie, but the 2012 remake is arguably much, much better.
The movie is named just Dredd? stars Karl Urban The iconic character seeking justice in a dystopian society. Dredd features many great actors who were up-and-coming at release. Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, Domhnall GleesonAll of the characters are more multidimensional than their 1995 film counterparts. The remake was not a great filmmaking or story with Dredd. However, it did a lot more than that and became a great sci-fi movie.
War of the Worlds
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Another H. G. Wells tale adapted for the screen The War of the WorldsStarring in a 1953 movie Gene Barry Ann Robinson. The film was a critical and box office success. It does a wonderful job of bringing complex science fiction stories alive with the limitations of the time. The War of the Worlds is a significant American historical legacy, so it was a huge task to adapt the story for a remake. Of course, some might argue that if it’s Steven Spielberg behind the camera, it’s not an issue at all.
Spielberg directed the 2005 remake. War of the WorldsStarring Tom Cruise, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins, and a young Dakota FanningOne of her impressive, early performances. Spielberg was an accomplished filmmaker who knew his craft and created an alien antagonist that was both realistic and action-packed. The differences between the two versions were always going to be stark. However, Spielberg incorporates current social and cultural issues into the film to make it more relevant to the moment.
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Original The Blob Film, which was released in 1958 stars none other than Steve McQueen as main character Steve Andrews. The film is about an alien organism that crashes to Earth, and continues to eat and grow as it travels. For fans of this story, both 1988 and the original are great films and true classics. Directed by Chuck Russell, the blob is changed from being an alien creature to being a product of an unknown government organization, a biological weapon gone wrong — or right?
Kevin Dillon ShawneeSmith Stars in the movie which focuses on modern themes of conspiracy and distrust in government or other establishments. The remake, like others on this list has better special effects which makes the movie more frightening and intense. However, it is also a true product 1980s-era cinema which shines through the science-fiction genre creations. Whether you like the original or remake best, you can’t deny that both are worthy of appreciation.
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Okay, I’m aware that there are always many things going on in the Star Trek universe with many series, films spinoffs, sequels, spinoffs, and many more. But this is all about the series of films that started with 2009’s Star Trek, which reintroduced the world to the characters of the original Star Trek television series. Chris Pine James T. Kirk is taken on as the lead role William Shatner First played, and Zachary Quinto Spock, originally portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, is now played by Nimoy. In the new film series, Nimoy plays an older version his character. This is handled beautifully and there are many more familiar names on that character list.
Other outstanding performances in the reboot include Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon PeggMontgomery “Scotty”Scott, and John ChoHikaru Sulu, while Karl Urban plays Dr. Leonard “Bones”McCoy and his late wife Anton YelchinPavel Chekov. This amazing cast is sure to please sci-fi fans everywhere. J. J. Abrams at the helm, 2009’s Star Trek presents a perfect reboot of the classic story in a new, contemporary form, while also standing as a singularly emotional action-adventure. Two sequels are also included in the reboot series of films: Star Trek Into Darkness Star Trek Beyond.
Terminator: Dark Fate
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While Terminator: Dark Fate This is a part the original film series canon (the Terminator universe is really all over the place), the movie is an attempt to restart the super successful franchise with a familiar, yet new story, so I’m going to count it here. The 2019 film features Arnold Schwarzenegger Linda Hamilton The real stars are not the T-800 Terminator or Sarah Connor characters, but they are returning to their iconic roles. Mackenzie Davis Natalia Reyes. Davis plays a character named Grace who is sent back to 2020 from 2042 to protect Reyes’s Dani Ramos. Grace, originally thought to be a Terminator, but she is actually a super-human human super-soldier who must save Dani.
Again, the storyline here is familiar, with similar themes and plot points to the original, but with Grace and Dani, there’s a very strong relationship between the two women that anchors the film and makes it feel wholly unique. Terminator: Dark Fate is undoubtedly one of the most beloved franchise films of recent years. Unfortunately, for fans like me, the movie was not a huge success at the box-office and no other movies have been made.
Mad Max: Fury Road
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While the Academy Awards should never be the main indicator of a film’s merit, the fact that Mad Max: Fury RoadA dystopian sci-fi movie, “The Defying Gravity”, was nominated to win Best Picture. This says a lot. Genre movies rarely get any major nominations (though they should), but this was a case in which the beauty and quality of the movie just couldn’t be ignored. The film has been in existence for 30 years. Mad Max franchise, which was originally starred Mel Brooks, was given a new start in the form of 2015’s remake, Mad Max: Fury Road.
Directed By George Miller Staring Tom Hardy The movie’s title role was a big draw because of the amazing visuals and cinematography. The title may not be clear, but it does say that the movie is about. “Max,”It could be argued that the movie focuses most on Imperator Furiosa (played by Charlize Thron. If you’ve seen the movie, then you know that it was the right decision. Hardy’s Max is also amazing, but Furiosa is a force to be reckoned with. Everything about Mad Max: Fury Road was a success, not only the two main characters. This movie is a masterpiece of cinematography, and it may even be the best Mad Max film ever made.
I Am Legend
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The history of I Am Legend Actually, the story is actually quite old. It was based on the original book of the same title. Richard Matheson. But before the 2007 movie starring Will SmithThe book was twice adapted for the screen. The 1964 film was the first. The Last Man on EarthStarring Vincent Price, along with 1971’s The Omega ManStarring Charlton Heston. Both films are critically acclaimed and an important part of film history, which is why taking on this story with 2007’s I Am Legend It was a little bit of a huge deal.
Smith plays the leading role of Neville. He is the last man to be on Earth after the death of his wife. virusAll other species are exterminated. Only mutated, nocturnal and antagonistic humans are left. The success of this remake depends on Smith’s performance, and I Am Legend is arguably a career-best. The movie also presents a stylistic, deteriorating world that you can’t help but be sucked into. It’s definitely a successful modern adaptation of a sci-fi classic like The Omega Man.
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Comparing a science fiction film from 1933 to one from 2005 is difficult, as they’re obviously going to be very different. But with King KongThe original movie is a classic regardless of how unrealistic some special effects seem. It’s definitely on the status of Godzilla in terms of iconic monsters, with the two coming head to head in the recent Godzilla vs. Kong. The more modern versions are better. Skull Island is KongIt is also amazing, this entry is all on the Peter Jackson-directed movie starring Naomi Watts, Andy Serkis, Jack Black, Adrien Brody.
First of all, Serkis is the right person for King Kong. Also, most people know that he had a history playing Gollum with Jackson in the past. Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson also adapts the classic, sympathetic monster story to today’s entertainment industry and society expectations. Jackson also presents the story in an honor of the classic movie as well as the history and tradition of filmmaking.
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Starring Geena and Jeff Goldblum, 1986’s The Fly It is a remake from the 1958 film of that name. Directed by David CronenbergHe is also behind sci-fi horror hits, such as Videodrome ScannersThe 80s version is one of the most iconic films of the decade. The movie embraces the gore and intense special effects of the era, while also highlighting the best parts of the original, particularly in how Goldblum’s character’s mental condition slowly deteriorates alongside his physical state. In fact, Cronenberg’s version certainly elevated the legacy of the original, while also being distinct enough that it’s not very easy to compare the two. Cronenberg added his unique vision to the story, which was similar to most remakes.
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The Denis VilleneuveThe adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s classic science fiction novel has been highly anticipated ever since it was first announced. Most people are well aware of David Lynch‘s 1984 adaptation, starring Kyle MacLachlan as the protagonist, Paul Atreides. Focusing on a conflict between two major influential families on a strange planet, Dune is an epic adventure tale with intensive world-building. To say that the 1984 film was divisive would be putting it mildly, but over time it has become a cult classic. Then came along the new adaptation, which has the benefit of truly extensive special effects and CGI to create a beautiful lush world.
The movie also features an all-star cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, and more, and it’The film has received a tremendous critical response. Of course, the purpose of this list isn’t to compare the original to the remake, but rather to highlight the notable remakes in general. Thankfully, the new Dune delivered on expectations with an ambitious first part (with a sequel on the way), and whether or not people prefer the original or the remake, 2021’s Dune is a very successful remake.
Alita: Battle Angel
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I don’t know if the 2019 live-action film Alita: Battle Angel Is better than the original Battle Angel OVA from 1993, as that’s up to you to decide. However, I think the movie adaptation is much better than people originally thought and a worthy remake. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel has the director’s distinct style, and the visual design and special effects are totally spectacular. Added to that, Rosa Salazar It is an incredible casting and she holds the remake together. She’s a major acting talent, and only recently has Hollywood seemed to notice.
Add in, of course. Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Keean Johnson, Lana Condor, and more in the supporting cast, and it’s an exciting and well-acted sci-fi adventure. Although the original story is still regarded as the best, the remake has enough merit to stand on its own. The film got positive reviews from critics but didn’t do as well as they hoped at the box office, leading the future of a possible Alita franchise to be uncertain. As time passes, Alita Battle Angel’s fans seem to grow and become more dedicated. Rodriguez and others have mentioned a possible sequel.
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While this might be a divisive opinion (even though it truly shouldn’t be), the 2016 Ghostbusters A reboot is a fantastic remake. End of discussion. End of discussion. Paul Feig, who also did Bridesmaids, A simple favorGhostbusters 2016 brings a fresh look to the franchise with four hilarious comedic actors at their center. Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, the story presents these women as capable and intelligent characters — with Wiig’s Erin a professor at Columbia University and McKinnon’s Holtz an engineering physicist — who decide to investigate and start a business in ghost hunting.
The movie received a lot of critical praise, but it was not a hit. “controversial”Due to the all-female cast, many older fans were against the casting. Ghostbusters disappointed at the box-office, so there was no sequel. However, Ghostbusters is still a great original movie that adds a fresh perspective to an established franchise. It’s also a fantastic example of a remake that opens up a traditional story through representation to allow more people to see themselves in the characters. If just for the young girls who now imagine themselves hunting ghosts, 2016’s Ghostbusters is worth it.
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I still have questions for director Steven SoderberghAbout why he decided that the remake would be done Andrei Tarkovsky Film Solaris – which many believe to be one of the best sci-fi films ever made — at this point in his career. 2002 saw the release of the hit film about heists by Soderbergh. Ocean’s ElevenWhile Erin Brockovich It was released in 2000. Solaris felt like a 180-degree departure from his previous films. But it turned out to be the right choice, as Soderbergh successfully adapted this classic movie into a new take on the story.
In Solaris, Soderbergh’s constant collaborator George Clooney He plays Dr. Chris Kelvin, a psychologist who is sent to communicate with a crew of space station operators orbiting a planet called Solaris. He arrives at the station to find the crew mostly gone due to various causes. The two survivors, Dr. Gordon and Dr. Kelvin, are there to help him.Viola Davis) and Snow (Jeremy Davies), unable to explain what happened and reluctant to try. They believe Kelvin will be able to understand it once he has experienced it. Soon enough, he can see realistic projections of Rheya, his wife.Natascha McElhone), who has been dead a long time.
While the original film was very abstract and focused on the visuals and music, Soderbergh chose instead to get into the characters and emotional issues. Maybe the director knew that he could never match Tarkovsky’s expressive style, which is true, and so he focused on his own strengths. Sure, 2002’s Solaris is likely not better than the original, but that’s not the question here. It’s whether or not Soderbergh created something interesting and worthwhile, and he definitely did.
The Dark Knight Trilogy
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There are many screen versions available of Batman as a comic book character, but you may not be aware of this. The Dark Knight Trilogy The best available (as at right now) The series is made up of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises Staring Christian Bale As the eponymous superhero. With Christopher Nolan The trilogy is directed by Bruce Wayne. It has a clear vision that focuses on character development and visual appeal. Bruce Wayne embarks on an intense personal journey that takes him to the heart of his characters, as he faces off against gritty, dark villains such as Heath LedgerIn his posthumous Oscar-winning performance of the Joker in The Dark Knight.
Bale, Ledger and the entire series are populated with major acting talent. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion CotillardThe list goes on. You may prefer a different Batman, but you have to admit that Nolan’s team transformed the comic book story into something intense, honest, action-packed, and entertaining.
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