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24 Foreign Thrillers Vs. Their Hollywood Remakes

by | November 17, 2015 | Comments

The 2010 Best Foreign Language Film winner The Secret in Their Eyes is being remade…as Secret in Their Eyes,  a murder mystery starring Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. As Americans, we don’t need definite articles in our movie titles, but we do occasionally need help thinking up stories to shoot, prompting this week’s 24 Frames gallery of foreign thrillers versus their Hollywood counterparts.

  • Charlton

    You’ve made a mistake.

    You say both Wicker Man’s are 15%. The original is has 90% saying “This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable.”

    • Not to mention the photoshopped pancake on his head!!!!

      • Mpkamowski

        Not the pancake!!! =)

  • “Argentinia”
    Better take a look at an atlas before trying to write about something you’re not familiar with (other countries).

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    I usually see the originals without seeing the remakes. Insomnia and The Birdcage were rare exceptions.

    I’d like to see a foreign country remake a Hollywood movie.

    • Richter Belmont

      Try the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven made in 2013.

    • Richter Belmont

      Check out Unforgiven (2013) starring Ken Watanabe, a Japanese remake of Eastwood’s Unforgiven (1992).

    • MontyPythonFanatic2

      That actually happens a lot. Just recently, there was a Bollywood remake of Tom Cruise’s “Knight and Day” called “Bang Bang.”

  • can’t help commenting

    I saw the original “Secret In Their Eyes” a few years ago–it was brilliant and it took its time–which I suspect the US version will fail to offer, they seem to have already altered so much of the original story.

  • badgerly

    Not a single review for Secret In Their Eyes, two days before it opens. Does not bode well. ‘No name’ reviewers in the tv blurbs are gushing, though. Europe and South America do these kinds of thrillers so much better. “Tell No One” was great.

  • Thomas

    It’s sad that the American public is so lazy and scared of subtitles that they have to remake these movies.

    • B T

      I know. At least some of us aren’t. I’m American, and I love subtitled movies as long as they are quality.

      • And sometimes, a remake (I’m using the term loosely here) of a foreign film can actually be useful in the long run. “Gojira” would have been an arthouse curiosity if it hadn’t been for “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”. Thanks to that Americanized version of the original, Toho studios realized they had a gold mine on their hands. And eventually Hideki “Godzilla” Matsui got to appear in a cameo in “Godzilla v. MechaGodzilla” (2002)…. and the original “Gojira” is now readily available…

    • Laura Fellomini

      And how do you know that the public in nearly every other industrialized nation isn’t just as ‘lazy’? See, it’s easy to make predictable, dismissive glib remarks. It can be much harder to back up such remarks when presented with the reality that it can be much the same everywhere else. Also, the public goes to see movies because of what the trailers show the film to be as far as genre and story, and because of who is in them. The public in general doesn’t care or usually even know that they are remakes.

      • The public in most of the other industrialized nations is used to watching movies with subtitles, they can’t be ‘lazy’ if they want to watch movies. Most of the other industrialized nations don’t have English as their native language, you know. Watching a movie in English with subtitles or in Spanish with subtitles is the same thing to them, but not for Americans, who are not used to watching movies with subtitles at all.

        • Laura Fellomini

          As someone who has lived abroad in other such countries, I can tell you that there are as many if not more theatres in the U.S. that show films with subtitles as there are in those other countries, as there aren’t that many shown aside from U.S. films abroad. You need to get out of the sticks and spend some time in actual cities in the U.S. And small town/village theaters/kinos in other countries do NOT show a lot of films with subtitles as the local general public prefers films from their own country. Most European countries and others such as Japan, Brazil, Canada, India, and Mexico (to name a few) make more than enough films of their own that the public there need not settle for foreign films. The U.S. blockbuster films are enormously popular worldwide, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people in foreign countries who avoid them on purpose.

  • MR

    12 Monkeys was good.
    The rest… well… some things are better left unsaid.

    • Tenshi Ippikiookami

      The Insomnia remake wasn’t so bad :). It’s interesting that Nicholas Cage and his hair is as ubiquitous here as in everywhere else

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