Everybody is talking about how great 80's action films were. You know the one (insert favorite action film of the 80's here ____________) that was light on the plot, but heavy on the gun play and one-lines. Then the 90's came along and we demanded that our movies stopped being cliched and more respected in the art of storytelling...and then came along films like (insert favorite smart action of the 90's here _____________), but another problem arose, the leading male usually was an actor not affiliated with the action genre in the slightest. Actors like Will Smith (Enemy of the State), Kenau Reeves (The Matrix), and Josh Harnett (Black Hawk Down) who wanted you to feel what it was like to be in that battlefield, instead of fearing it like our action forefathers showed us a decade earlier.
As the old saying goes "to each his own" and "not all will like the same thing" the action genre has been through many a ups and downs and unfortunately we as fans I feel do not know what type of action movie we exactly want. We all have our nostalgic feelings towards certain films [in this genre] and many undoubtedly age better than others, this fight will continue on for quite some time. As it stands remakes of some of our favorite 80's films are played by "sensitive" male actors who care more about the art and expanding the one dimensional characters that we cheered as we wore our Chuck Taylors with a Saved By the Bell t shirt.
Now by no means am I giving another generation to "reinterpret" a classic a hard time, but I do think that either side (defending or against this rash of remakes) should realize two things:
First, realize that this is a fucking classic and approach this with caution. There are millions upon millions of adoring fans not wanting to see their beloved franchise shat upon by some "groundbreaking" director. Respect the fucking initial film! You might not have a job in the first place! Why even bother remaking a classic if you disrespect what made it great? Like everybody in the 80's were all losers who wouldn't know a decent movie if it feel out of their anus. And this upcoming version is going to kick the shit out of our tiny American brains.
Second, the action forefathers who promote themselves who put themselves in the forefront in support of a current remake or sequel, please, please, please do not become a parody of your former self. This can be achieved knowingly or unknowingly. Usually it is more the latter than the former. "Just put my name all over the movie promo poster", doesn't work as much as you would think nowadays. Moviegoers have grown up now and just incorporating a big fucking gun in your movie isn't going to fly like it did twenty some odd years ago. Also approach your every move with full caution.
By no means am I a professional film editor, director, etc. this is merely a suggestion by an 80's baby and a fan of films.
Now what movie was I supposed to be reviewing again?