Watched Aug 03, 2012
In the hands of director Len Wiseman, Paul Verhoeven's ultra-gory and satirical 1990 film becomes a lens-flare'd, poe-faced mash-up of "The Bourne Identity" and "Minority Report." Wiseman is arguably superior at choreographing violence than many of his peers like Paul W.S. Anderson and Michael Bay - the problem with "Live Free or Die Hard" certainly wasn't the action photography - but here, his typically fluid camera movement feels constrained by an awkward ratio of practical sets to green screened backgrounds.
This remake's main problem is that whenever the pace slows down and the chasing stops, and a scene actually consists of two people having a conversation, it feels disingenuous. Fans of the original like myself will always miss the sense of glee that Verhoeven and his ideal leading man Arnold Schwarzenegger brought to the proceedings.