ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

On edge action from beginning to end, makes this movie truly worthy of the original film! Extreme athlete, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is and FBI agent in training, and has come across his first case in which he recognizes the criminals to be like himself. During the course of his investigation, he gets the group to trust him, especially the leader Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez). The group consider themselves to be eco-warriors, and are trying to complete the Osaki 8, which they believe will bring them to the path of enlightenment. Unfortunately, the path to enlightenment will have deadly consequences. One of the reasons I liked the film so much is because this is what I look for in a remake, it's a similar story but its updated. In the last century, we have made leaps with our technology, culture and ideals. The reason why I think so many remakes fail is because everyone is trying to recreate the same story 20 plus years later. The problem with that is, it doesn't work. Technology, jokes, and even dialogue can very quickly become dated in a very short amount of time. It is important to remember that if a film is going to remade, it can't be exactly the same, because time has passed and it won't work. With this movie, everything is updated, the characters are updated, and the story is given a breath of fresh air. The acting from Bracey is wonderful, he takes over the role of Utah, a young man aware of his flaws, and tries his best to over come them. His performance is just as well done as Keanu Reeves, not better, but most certainly not worse. Ramirez did a very respectful and honorable homage to Patrick Swayze, he didn't try to become Swayze's Bodhi, but instead made the character his own, which was incredible. The scenery shot for the film is absolutely a marvel, giving the audience an understanding of how the characters view it. Awesome film, wonderful remake, strong recommendation to go and see it.


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