Offshore Films America Remade Well
With the recent publicity of a myriad of remakes to foreign movies, various film lovers have begun to question whether or not today’s flick makers have any inventive bones in their bodies. Yet, not all offshore movie remakes have been done imperfectly or out of deficiency of ideas. Some were done for the correct justification as well as brought overwhelming stories that might otherwise have escaped American film fans to local theaters and store’s shelves. Here are a few remakes of films from around the globe which America succeeded in bringing honor to, not butchering, the foreign movies from which they were adapted.
Let Me In (2010) / Let the Right One In (2008) – Swedish author John Ajvide Lindgvist’s 2004 fictional vampire tale that various critics and fans alike have claimed as the most real vampire love story was adapted into an equally successful Swedish flick in 2008. The American version, “Let Me In” has received rave reviews for staying bona fide to the original story. Not much changed other than location as well as names…and the usage of our favorite CGI.
Quarantine (2008)/ REC (2007) – Speaking of sticking to stories, this remake of the Spanish horror flick was done almost completely shot for shot. American film makers frequently take overseas movies and change as much as possible, but change was irrelevant with this film; which features no score and is shown through the eyes of the actor/cameraman’s camera. You’ll feel like a part of the eerie action as you follow telly reporter Angela and others who’ve been quarantined in an apartment building after a break out of a virulent disease.
Scent of a Woman (1992)/ Profumo di donna (1974)- This remake of an Italian movie relating to a prep school student who takes on the job of assistant to a sightless and retired Army officer earned several awards as well as nominations, among other things an Academy Award for Best Actor for Al Pacino.
Unfaithful (2002)/ La Femme infid?le (1968)- A French sixties sensual drama concerning betrayal in the rendition of adultery as well as the chaos that results, was brought to America’s silverscreens accompanied by experienced actors, a splendid score and no lack of sex appeal.
Brothers (2009)/ Brodre (2004)- This Danish war drama received the American remake and much of its achievement was due to exceptional cast performances that brought the drama as well as feelings of the tale of two very dissimilar brothers and the trials they face to life.
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