29 July 2015

Remake vs. Original: RECKLESS + THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED

RECKLESS

Original Title:
Bloedlink

Netherlands, 2014
Director: Joram Lürsen

3/10








"Reckless" is the Dutch remake of the British 2009 thriller "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" (see below)... or in other words: "Reckless" is the pointless, needless and superfluous remake of a movie that didn't need to be remade. In an interview with ScreenDaily (click here), the film's producer Frans van Gestel stated that "Reckless" 'is aimed primarily at a Dutch audience' and that 'if you make a remake of a British film, it is not meant to travel around the world. It is meant to work really strongly in the domestic market' - yet, Artsploitation acquired the rights to this movie to distribute it all over America...


"Reckless" isn't a total shot-for-shot remake, but it's 'very, very shot-for-shot' 
and so incredibly similar to the original, it's just frustrating, especially because it doesn't offer anything new. A few scenes in the last half hour are a bit different, but nowhere near from what could have done with a proper "Alice Creed"-remake, like additional characters, switching genders, new unexpected plot twists, a radically different ending etc. etc. - Well, I guess none of the people involved wanted to create something new, and so "Reckless" ends up being as disappointing as similar too-similar remakes like Michael Haneke's "Funny Games U.S." or John Erick Dowdle's "Quarantine".

The acting is solid, but the chemistry is weak and the characters aren't remotely as believable as in the original. The direction is okay, but far, far, far from being as genius as J Blakeson's direction. Actually, there's absolutely nothing about "Reckless" that is better or more powerful than "The Disappearance of Alice Creed". It lacks the jaw-dropping intensity of the original and it possesses no tension whatsoever. Ever single scene makes you think about the original, makes you think about how much more suspenseful "Alice Creed" is, how much more thrilling and suspenseful it is, and, of course, how much better it is.


1 star for the acting, 1 star for Merlijn Snitker's score (that often feels a bit John-Murphy-esque), 1 star for the neat cnematography (Jasper Wolf). If you haven't seen "Alice Creed" yet, make sure to check it out ASAP. If you already seen it, there's absolutely no use in checking out this redundant rehash.

Imdb

Thanks to Ray (artsploitation) for the screener!



THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED

German Title:
Spurlos - Die Entführung der Alice Creed

UK, 2009
Director: J Blakeson

8/10








"The Disappearance of Alice Creed" is not just one of the very, very few shot-in-the-Isle-Of-Man films that I've seen so far, it's also one of the very few movies of the last 20 years (or so) where nearly every single plot twist hit me like a stampede of elephants - and believe me when I say that this movie has
many, many plot twists!


The directorial feature debut of British screenwriter/director J Blakeson ("The Descent: Part 2") is an extremely intelligent and masterfully done thriller following two ex-cons who kidnap a rich man's daughter and hold her captive in an abandoned apartment. At first, everything seems to go according to the plan, but then... well, before I start to spoiler, I stop telling more about the story. Just keep in mind: the 3 characters are not who you think they are, and they all hide secrets that get revealed in gobsmacking ways.

Blakeson's writing skills are about as awesome as his directorial skills and his visual style, and he perfectly manages to turn his superb script into a powerful, beautiful and exceptionally gripping film with an impressive energy and a casual, confident nonchalance that is frightening. Expressive images of rundown locations and eerie forests paired with strong shots of the panic-stricken Alice Creed and her inscrutable abductors, all accompanied by the intriguing and breathtaking musical score by video-game composer Marc Canham 
and the Nimrod Studio Orchestra.


Acting-wise, all three actors deliver teriffic performances: a remarkably intimidating Eddie Marsan, a strangely admirable Martin Compston and hit-or-miss actress Gemma Arterton in one of her best and most believable roles. Also: absolutely top-notch editing (Mark Eckersley, "Dredd") and the end credits song, "Holy Moly" by Cathy Davey, is just marvellous.

 [MILD SPOILERS] The way-too-moral, way-too-positive ending prevented me from giving it a 9/10 (damn, why didn't they end the movie after the scene where the one guy leaves the warehouse??). Apart from that, I just loved this movie!

2 comments:

  1. I want to see the original. No plans to see the remake.

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    1. No need to check out the remake. Just watch the original.

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