TV & FILM
bill-swift - August 8, 2012
Is The Bourne Legacy a reboot? It certainly feels like one. Jeremy Renner has replaced Matt Damon as the forgetful eponymous character who is looking to uncover the horrendous activity of Treadstone.
But David Strathairn, Albert Finney and Joan Allen are each set to reprise their roles from the earlier instalments of the series to give Renner's Aaron Cross the momentum of his predecessor.
However an action packed summer of superheros that has included Spiders, Bats and a Hulk means that many people have forgotten about the fourth instalment in the Bourne series.
Will it be able to make an impact? Well, it won't be as rightly lauded as The Bourne Supremacy or Identity but let's not hope that fails on the scale as these failed reboots. If it is a reboot. Which it is. I think.
Godzilla, 1998 - The first ever American version of Japan's poorly house-trained pet never looked likely to be decent as soon as the name Roland Emmerich was attached to it. But despite being quite fun and possessing a great leading man turn from Matthew Broderick critics were quick to leap on it and hopefully Gareth Edward's reboot will fair a little better in a few years time.
Planet Of The Apes, 2001 - Tim Burton's effort to relaunch this much loved series was the talk of tinseltown in the early millenium but Mark Wahlberg's chummy performance and a bewildering ending that rendered the entire 100 minutes before it mute ruined any chance of a franchise. In many ways Burton has never truly recovered his credibility, with the recent Rise of the Planet of the Apes showing that there was always a decent modern story in there.
Catwoman, 2004 - Halle Berry had the pick of any script she wanted after her Oscar victory for Monsters Ball. Unfortunately for her she picked a Catwoman script that was deliriously woeful and was the but of every cinematic joke for at least 18 months. Yes it wasn't officially a reboot but her presence throughout the nineties in Batman movies made her a much loved character who didn't deserve this treatment.
Superman Returns, 2006 - Listen, I like Bryan Singer's relaunch of the Superman series. It's quaint, heartfelt, action filled and Brandon Routh made you forget about a certain Mr. Reeve. Yet, critics and fans found that it didn't match up to the recent Batman Begins with its lighter tone not being as mature as they'd wanted it to be. The mopey bastards.
Nightmare On Elm Street, 2010 - Freddy Krueger and Robert Englund are two names that go hand in hand together. One defines the other. Jackie Earle Haley is ... er, a nobody. So giving him the lead role in this reboot was always going to fail. This reboot simply tries too hard to be scary, forgetting how funny and enjoyable the original is.
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