Sci-Fi Reboots that are lemons

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Some sci-fi movie reboots got so bad such as these. How come?

1. Ghostbusters 2016
2. Hellboy 2018
3. Men in Black International 2019
4. Highlander Source
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Reboots are supposed to as good or better than the original. What caused their demise?

What reboots are better than the original?

I watch one science fiction flick every night and it pissed me when it's so bad and I feel waste of my 2 hours entertainment time.
 

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Some sci-fi movie reboots got so bad such as these. How come?
Because movie studios care more about making money than about quality. It's inexpensive to leverage off of a good movie with a low quality sequel.

Not all sequels are bad but a lot are.
 

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Because movie studios care more about making money than about quality. It's inexpensive to leverage off of a good movie with a low quality sequel.

Not all sequels are bad but a lot are.
How about Macgyver tv series. I liked the original Macgyver.. but no longer watched the reboot. The latter is making it sound like comedy, which the original didn't. The budget of the reboot is more expensive. Why can't they make it more serious like Bourne? Many ideas in Macgyver could have been educational.

Who think though the Macgyver reboot is as good as better than the original?
 
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Reboots are supposed to as good or better than the original.
That's a quite idealistic view. Actually reboots are expected to be just profitable: if they are good too, that's only an extra.

Also, many times reboots are the testing grounds for the new blood. And sometimes that new blood is just ... :eek:
 

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Some sci-fi movie reboots got so bad such as these. How come?

1. Ghostbusters 2016
2. Hellboy 2018
3. Men in Black International 2019
4. Highlander Source
5. Please input what else you remember

Reboots are supposed to as good or better than the original. What caused their demise?

What reboots are better than the original?

I watch one science fiction flick every night and it pissed me when it's so bad and I feel waste of my 2 hours entertainment time.
I remembered The Thing. The latest 2011 version has this description in Rotten Tomatoes "It serves the bare serviceable minimum for a horror flick, but The Thing is all boo-scares and a slave to the far superior John Carpenter version.".

What other lemons do you remember? I want to see listings of the bag of lemons.
 

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but The Thing is all boo-scares and a slave to the far superior John Carpenter version.".
Which was superior to the 1951 version.
 

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I tried. Got sorta like these. I want to watch flicks with reboots because reboots mean the original is very good. Half of the week I watched mostly bad sci-fi movies.
 
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Half of the week I watched mostly bad sci-fi movies.
Then clearly you have too much spare time on your hands. Study physics instead. :smile:
 

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Then clearly you have too much spare time on your hands. Study physics instead. :smile:
I mean for every 2 hours at night I watched sci-fi before sleeping. Half of them are not good.

But last weekend. I found this 16-part tv series at Netflix called "Better Than Us" about robots that can think. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8285216/

It's so good that I finished it the whole sunday. I couldn't believe russian production can be as good as the west. (or wait since it was produced by Netflix, then Netflix directed and shot it?)
 

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What reboots are better than the original?
Hi new6ton:

The Hercule Perot series with David Suchet (8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013) was much much better than any previous TV or movie versions. Suchet really understood the Agatha Christie character better than any previous actors.

Also the Miss Marple series with Joan Hickson (26 December 1984 to 27 December 1992) was better than any previous TV or movie versions.

These are the only remakes of a movie/TV version of anything I can think of to be better than any previous version.

Regards,
Buzz
 
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Subtitles ?
It has English and Russian audio. And has more than a dozen subtitles including English. It is very good! Much like Smith I, Robot but in 16 parts.

In the movie. I noticed Russians look like Americans. If you mix them. Can you tell them apart? Does Putin look like American?
 

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Since detectives were mentioned, I will mention the Sherlock Holmes series on PBS from 1984-1994.
The current PBS series is entertaining and different, but I really liked the 1984-1994 series.
It was pretty accurate to the books and ended up covering most of the Conan Doyle stories before Jeremy Brett died. I think he also did a radion series of Sherlock stories which was good.
Earlier or later films and TV shows are not nearly as good (IMHO).
 

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Some sci-fi movie reboots got so bad such as these. How come?

1. Ghostbusters 2016
2. Hellboy 2018
3. Men in Black International 2019
4. Highlander Source
5. Please input what else you remember

Reboots are supposed to as good or better than the original. What caused their demise?

What reboots are better than the original?

I watch one science fiction flick every night and it pissed me when it's so bad and I feel waste of my 2 hours entertainment time.
Uh, I really liked two of the movies on your list (#1 and #3). I know they got a lot of hate simply because they had female leads when the originals were all male.

I would take issue with the idea that a remake is expected to be better.

Sort of related, I get really annoyed when Hollywood feels it necessary to remake a perfectly good foreign film in English with American actors. Those are almost always worst. And they don't just do that with foreign-language films. "The Wicker Man" (English original) was great. The American remake was awful.

One exception I can think of: I liked the American version of "The Ring" a lot better than the Japanese original, "Ringu".
 

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It has English and Russian audio. And has more than a dozen subtitles including English. It is very good! ....
In the movie I noticed Russians look like Americans. <snip...>
Yes, Russians from different areas resemble Americans from different places, result of the 'melting pot' historical narrative; also some Americans are of Russian origin. Russia and America cover enormous regions of the globe. Both present models of beauty, male and female sexuality in Arts and Entertainment including Sports. Russian literature significantly influenced film and playwrights and Russian culture: Science, mathematics, music, dance, Mystery and Romance.

Have just finished reading "The Blizzard" by Vladimir Sorokin in English translation perhaps for the third time. I cannot be certain as to number of times as time spent inside the dreams inside the thoughts in the mind of the visiting Doctor fail to manifest as combinatorial objects. How many times last night did you dream?

Translation preserves scale. Horses can be small, tall enough to move large buildings and small enough to 'fit fifty horses under the hood'. Little people live among normals who hire giants for manual labor tasks too delicate or intense for heavy machinery. Continuum of human diversity demonstrated by the tall well fed, well educated and well dressed Doctor commandeering the village bread sleigh along with its short red-haired recalcitrant drover -- owner and provider for those 50 small horses -- to deliver vaccine against plague in a raging unpredictable blizzard.

All is not as it appears...
 

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Yes, Russians from different areas resemble Americans from different places, result of the 'melting pot' historical narrative; also some Americans are of Russian origin. Russia and America cover enormous regions of the globe. Both present models of beauty, male and female sexuality in Arts and Entertainment including Sports. Russian literature significantly influenced film and playwrights and Russian culture: Science, mathematics, music, dance, Mystery and Romance.
Is it correct Russian women are darker than American women who are mainly blondes? do you consider Russian women as Blondes?

After watching "Better Than Us". I saw how Russians behave like Americans too. Some of us were conditioned russians were mostly KGBs with tomboy women armed to teeth and ready to kill at slightest provocation. So watching Russian films would make us realize they are people too and it would be less acceptable to make them the recipients of millions of tons of nuclear tipped war machines in the silos.

Have just finished reading "The Blizzard" by Vladimir Sorokin in English translation perhaps for the third time. I cannot be certain as to number of times as time spent inside the dreams inside the thoughts in the mind of the visiting Doctor fail to manifest as combinatorial objects. How many times last night did you dream?

Translation preserves scale. Horses can be small, tall enough to move large buildings and small enough to 'fit fifty horses under the hood'. Little people live among normals who hire giants for manual labor tasks too delicate or intense for heavy machinery. Continuum of human diversity demonstrated by the tall well fed, well educated and well dressed Doctor commandeering the village bread sleigh along with its short red-haired recalcitrant drover -- owner and provider for those 50 small horses -- to deliver vaccine against plague in a raging unpredictable blizzard.

All is not as it appears...
 
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My take on sequels is that they just use left over footage from the original with some new scenes added. Remakes of older movies is cos they can't be bothered to find new story lines. Majority of movies from Hollywood are "formula" type of movies with predictable plots even if the have different basic ideas. How many variations can you make on crime or action tales. Gets a bit "sameo-sameo". Good scifi movies are even harder to find. I find myself watching scifi shorts on youtube and some are really good but even there the subject matter becomes much the same.
I find it more amusing to watch the old scifi movies to see how the effects were done . Some movies are so bad that they become "classics" and provide a laugh.
 
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Reboots are supposed to as good or better than the original.
Probably the intent, but I'm not sure it's ever been a driving force for a studio movie. Bums on seats or streaming eyeballs is the metric they're after, quality of script, acting, sets, science, etc. has always seemed secondary in most instances.

Anyway, here are some reboots I found cringe worthy:
  1. That RoboCop reboot from a few years ago. So lame it was (almost) funny.
  2. Just after Y2K we got a new The Time Machine movie that H.G. Wells' descendant worked on. Didn't help, it was terrible.
  3. The most recent Godzilla flick...but actually, most Godzilla flicks...was so terrible I reckon they might have shown it down in Guantanamo Bay as an "inducement to talk". And by terrible, I really mean the human cast. The monster was pretty cool.
  4. Keanu Reeves proved in The Day the Earth Stood Still that despite his acclaimed Matrix role, he really isn't much of an actor. (I love him as John Wick, BTW, terrific character, terrific action movies, so he definitely redeemed himself from having mangled Klaatu.)
  5. And my all time most disappointing, though technically it wasn't a reboot more of a WTFquel, is Prometheus. The opening sequence was the most intelligent few minutes of the movie, the rest was just silly pap that any decent sci-fi author would have put back their bottom drawer. The characters were driven by the plot, there was no pretense of logic, and having one the cast reach out to touch a phallic alien growth deep in a nonsensical pit, "just because", was stupidity of the most "You've gotta be kidding me" kind!
 

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Some sci-fi movie reboots got so bad such as these. How come?
I notice two problems inherent in making science fiction sequels:

1) Mixed genres. Fantasy and to a smaller extent, horror, mix seamlessly with SF. Weak writers and directors of sequels tend to drop 'hard science', and the seemingly endless verbal explanations, for simpler magical paradigms that do not require effort from the audience to understand.

2) Consider the source material. Writers (and computer programmers) tend to copy and reuse source. A strong 'kernel' with vivid characters provides strong sequels such as "Star Trek" and "Star Wars". Good action film actors such as Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger often elevate mundane scripts; replacing them in sequels loses that spark.

Weak material thwarts the followers trying to cash in. "Robocop" comes to mind. The original flick from the earliest teaser advertisements and trailers in theaters emphasized violence. Some genius marketeer came up with "Ultra-Violence". Everything else in Robo is humdrum copy. Once the audience gets used to 50 machine guns fired simultaneously the thrill is diminished.

Despite the name, Robocop adds nothing to the 'cop' genre. Arguably Murphy is not a robot but a reanimated human cyborg. Since the movie is mainly ultra-violence not science, the sequels drop any pretense of cybernetic organisms except for lame plot devices. For a mature audience the best scenes are down time between explosions when Murphy tries to understand his strange existence.

The director's attempts at contrasting inner city Old Detroit with suburban housing is thwarted by the high-tech nature of the story. Experimental cyborgs and large armories require large capital investment. Robocop feature corporate, not class or civil, warfare as excuse for endless ultra-violent entertainment. Weak source engenders weak sequels.
 
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Ultimately, I think part of the reason is most people dont want to be challenged and are willing to pay to see just a rehash. Same goes for supposedly 'ethnic' restaurants which give you something familiar thinly disguised as exotic with small changes, but ultimately nothing similar to the food as it is prepared in the countries where it originates.
 
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Is it correct Russian women are darker than American women who are mainly blondes?
No, neither is correct. Some Russian women are lighter (in hair color) than American women, and some are darker. American women are not mainly blondes.
 

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No, neither is correct. Some Russian women are lighter (in hair color) than American women, and some are darker. American women are not mainly blondes.
Many russian men have natural white hair, like Putin. What is the explanation for that? Do many americans have natural white hair too?
 

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