Whatever you think of them, there is no doubt that film remakes are big business in Hollywood and a large part of the film calendar. This month we look at the phenomenon and ask whether they are worth the big budgets that they tend to acquire.

To start off with we take a look at the soon to be remade ‘Total Recall’. Arguably one of Schwarzenegger’s best films, this imagining of “We can remember it for you wholesale” continued the on-again off-again relationship that the film industry has had with the writer Philip. K. Dick (started by Blade Runner). Made by most of the team behind Robocop, including director Paul Verhoeven, this fast became a seminal science fiction masterpiece.

“When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he?”

We have watched an original, now it’s time for a remake and I chose the 2009 Denzel Washington and John Travolta heist film, “The Taking of Pelham 123”. The original of this was a favourite for both Joe and Stephen. Stephen rated the original alongside “Assault on Precinct 13” as one of the great films of it’s time so the remake, helmed by director Tony Scott, had a lot to live up to. It also had a black cloud above it already as both Stephen a and Joe had already decided not to include the remake of “Precinct 13” as it was so incredibly bad.

“Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day’s work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.”

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