A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own.A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own.A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own.
Remakes are regular things nowadays, but carbon copies are rare. This is a lift in terms of dialogue, shots almost everything at times. The big question is why? As a film in its own right it's not terrible but comparing it to the original it literally pales in comparison (despite the colour!). Why did we need this sure on some level it may reach those who haven't seen the original and don't want to watch an 'old' film. But really why should we indulge the multiplexers who refuse to watch anything made before 1991?
It's not bad it's poor a poor relation of the original. In the UK we often get 50th anniversary etc re-releases of old films nationwide (admittedly not in all cinemas), in fact Psycho was out a few years ago. So the idea that a cheap copy is good because it'll help open it up to new audiences.
The cast are all OK until you watch the original. Then Vaughn stands out as doing a poor imitation, Heche is nowhere near Leigh and Julianne Moore has too much 'strong woman' baggage from other roles to do well. Admittedly the all-star cast gives weight to the roles that were relatively minor Macy, Mortensen, Forster, James LeGros, Philip Baker Hall etc although really the question is why they all queued up to be in this toss!
Overall it's so-so as a film. However when you compare it to the original it's really a poor show and, because it's a carbon copy, you can't help but compare it line for line, scene for scene, actor for actor.
- bob the moo
- Jun 15, 2002