Thursday, November 5, 2009

Desperately Seeking A Remake

Sometimes we love a movie or a book and then the last five minutes or last five pages ruin the whole fucking thing. Even though it has been twenty years, I still feel this way about the movie Leviathan.

This movie had potential. It had amazing elements that made for a kickass story: off-the-record Soviet military operations, unwitting people in a dangerous underwater environment, secret scientific experiments involving human genetics. How in the world can you go wrong with that?

Let me tell you.

Instead of making a horror film that scared the shit out of the audience emotionally and intellectually, we get a giant monster jumping out from steamy corridors with lots of blood and body parts. Now the blood and body parts were fine. Justifiable even. However, instead of an Alien knockoff, couldn't we have used the genetic experimentation aspect to make an Aquaman meets Waterworld scenario? If the idea were to create a super soldier, how cool would it have been to follow that plot line down a scientifically intelligent path.

So, while I usually think remakes of films are a terrible idea, I am pleading with the Hollywood powers-that-be to hire a bunch of geneticists and rewrite and re-shoot this film. You have a whole generation of X-Files, X-Men, and Fringe aficionados who would flock to a film that pandered to both their intellect and their love of scientific horror.


Joe @ IrrationalDad said...

FRINGE!!! I blame you for my love of Fringe!

Anonymous said...

You should never attempt to read Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan".

Not Afraid to Use It said...

@Joe: That's what sisters are for!

@Anonymous: I am sure I had to reference him at one time or another during my historical studies. One part of my student life I don't miss all that much.

A Free Man said...

Hey, I'd take the job. Even though I'm not a sci-fi fan, Hollywood pays big money.

I thought you were talking about Hobbes for a good while....