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The Omen (2006)
not the worst remake in history, but far from the best
I can't help but agree with what's been said already. Apart from a few present-day references, and the altered death sequences of Kate (Cathy) and the photographer, this remake is nothing but a pale imitation of the original.
Considering he's the focus of the film, it's surprising Damien has only about three lines in the whole thing. I concede he played the evil child pretty well considering what he had to work with, as did Mia Farrow as Mrs Baylock. But recreating a classic virtually scene for scene, minus the haunting soundtrack of the original just seems kind of pointless.
And yet the things they did change didn't add to it. The zoo scene here was not a patch on the "attack of the baboons" in the original.
Under-30s who haven't seen the original may well enjoy this, but for the rest of us... why bother?
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Pointless and disappointing
I went to see Punch-Drunk Love with two friends of mine, one having commented on the good reviews it had received. However, less than 30 minutes into it I was consumed with the urge to leave the theatre. Sitting between my two friends it would not have been polite so I sat it out. If I could have beamed myself out of there I would have.
This film comprises of a few unconnected ideas, strung together with annoying music and pointless psychadelic screen transitions. The characters are woefully underdeveloped, in particular the female role of Lena.
I'm at a complete loss as to why anyone would describe this film as a romantic comedy because it is neither romantic nor funny.
Punch-Drunk's biggest failing is that viewers are given no chance to connect with the characters. I certainly left the cinema feeling cheated. 2/10