Like the Original, Plus Jalapeno Topping
The skeletal structure of the original screenplay is so sturdy that it
survives even this expensive, and ultimately inferior remake. The movie
occupies some gibbous position between the usual trashy action movies
of today and the quality of the more thoughtful 1964 version.
If you have seen ANY of the remakes of older movies you don't really
need much detail about exactly how the original has been revamped.
There is, first of all, more action. There is, second of all, quicker
cutting so that the kids who have been weaned on MTV aren't bored by
passages in which nothing but conversation takes place. There is,
thirdly, more money and computer graphics on display. And, last,
somewhere, somehow, some way -- there must be an exploding fireball and
a slow-motion death.
I will give one example of what I mean. In the original, a small group
of Arabs have camped on the other side of a hill and there is a
discussion about whether the nomads can be trusted enough to be
contacted and asked for help. A British officer and another man
volunteer. They walk over the hill. The next day, the nomads are gone
and the two visitors are found with their throats cut.
In this movie, on the other hand, three men go down to the Mongolian
nomads (this is the Gobi desert), followed by the pilot (Dennis Quaid)
who is armed. After a brief exchange one of the nomads whips out a
pistol and shoots one of the visitors, who does a back flip in slow
motion. Quaid rushes out from behind a rock and pops off two or three
other Mongolians, one of whom is shot only after spraying a submachine
gun towards Quaid and missing. Another Mongolian escapes on horseback,
so that he can get the rest of his clan together and we can all sit
back and anticipate another attack.
Quaid is okay, as usual, but none of the other performers are more than
competent, and the script does not differentiate them well enough. In
the original, Hardy Kruger as the airplane designer was much more
interesting -- quiet, slow, deliberate, sensitive. When his proposition
to rebuild the wrecked airplane is ridiculed he trudges off sourly and
broods alone in a snit, like Achilles among the women. The airplane
designer in this movie is not a German technological wizard but a wimpy
nerd. He reveals his expertise far too early. The covert conflict in
the original is here revealed and shouted out -- who's in charge, the
old pilot or the egghead? (The grizzled and older Jimmy Stewart
incorporated the role better than the younger Quaid.) The two shout at
one another like school kids. "I'm in charge!" "No, I'M in charge!" Of
course this one is updated. Like the other remakes it must include one
or two blacks, Mexicans, and/or women. I'm not complaining. In fact I'm
on my knees thanking Thespia that this was not a passenger airplane so
we are spared the sick kid who needs the operation on her kidneys or
her eyeballs. And the singing nun.
Not that the original was a masterpiece. Like so many of the director's
works it was an effective story laid out in straightforward fashion.
But, well, the ACTORS were better in the original. Nobody here is the
equal of, say, Ian Bannon. And the music wasn't shoved down your throat
as it is here. (In the middle of a desperate attempt to put the
airplane together, somebody turns on a boom box, a loud rock tune
blossoms, and everybody stops working and begins to laugh and bop as if
they were at a drunken picnic. Why? I don't know. Maybe the kids were
getting bored.) I guess the main difference is that the original was
more believable. It seemed as if it could really have happened. This
one looks exactly like what you'd expect an action movie to look like.
If you haven't seen the original, this one is entertaining enough. But
I don't see how this movie can be assessed on its own. It IS, after
all, a remake and carries the same title..
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This movie is better than the Jimmy Stewart Movie. Some old classics just stink!.
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i just wanna say that i saw this movie only once then i loved it really.
Its classic. FREE REGISTRATION 7S AWESOME.
amazing film should watch it all the time .
best movie remake.
good movie i like the new version better.
2 hours of my life that I'm never getting back
This one definitely goes in my personal top five of the worst movies
I've ever seen. I'm giving it a two because I actually really enjoyed
the flying sequences at the beginning... so right up until the
sandstorm starts the movie is fine.
If you've ever taken flight lessons, hell if you've ever had anything
to do with a plane, short of sitting in the back drinking orange juice
and eating peanuts, you'll be amazed at all the technical inaccuracies
in this movie... its actually quite fun in that way I guess.
Some people mentioned that they liked the original, well it must have
been very different. They build an entire plane that actually flies...
in the middle of the desert... with no expertise apart from their
little model airplane designer... right... If they can build a f******
plane then why cant they just fix the radio and call for help???
Well those are the major things, I could go on and on, but quite
frankly I'm just gonna stop here and try to forget that I ever even saw