Well a while ago I promised the 2nd part of my Scott Brothers’ Retrospective, well I don’t really have time to do it now, but I did want to say a few words on Tony Scott’s latest movie to hit theaters… UNSTOPPABLE.
Saw the trailer for this, looks frigging great! And while I wasn’t a fan of Tony Scott’s TAKING OF PELHAM 123 (see note 1), I remain a huge fan of Tony Scott, particularly with his collaborations with Denzel Washington.
I consider him one of the top ten directors currently working. And Denzel Washington long ago proved himself, one of the best actors of our age. So together, in films MAN ON FIRE, DEJA VUE, they are making for me… cinema for the ages, one film at a time. And outside of Michael Mann, no one does better DVD commentaries than Tony Scott (Werner Herzog, also does very interesting DVD commentaries). He takes you to school in every single one. If you buy DVDs, make sure you don’t get the walmart crap that come without commentaries, get your DVDs, with the DVD commentaries, otherwise you’re leaving money on the table.
A good DVD commentary for me, is at least as valuable as the movie itself. And if the movie is something you wouldn’t sit through at least twice, once for the movie, once for the commentary, why buy the DVD?
All that to say, Tony Scott is a filmmaker who is well represented in my DVD collection, and if the film is as strong as the trailer, I may need to save room for UNSTOPPABLE on my DVD shelf. (After of course seeing it on the big screen first, support your local theaters people).
Okay just wanted to share my take on the trailer. You can view it for yourself here:
1- TAKING OF PELHAM 123, The original, was just far better, and the remake just kinda paled in comparison. My opinion don’t remake home runs/masterpieces, those films has been done, and done well. If you HAVE TO remake something, remake something that’s a challenge, that was a solid idea but didn’t quite work the first time. If you try to remake GONE WITH THE WIND, or PSYCHO or THIRD MAN or something that was just perfect the first time around, in my opinion you are a moron. If Hollywood is too vapid to back a vaguely new film, at the very least remake something that gives the filmmaker room for improvement. Kinda like what Tony Scott did with MAN ON FIRE, taking an okay Scott Glenn vehicle, and making a GREAT movie out of it.
Speaking of which, there’s talk of him wanting to do the same thing with Walter Hill’s THE WARRIORS. Uggg… I don’t know. THE WARRIORS isn’t a masterpiece, but what it is is a perfect encapsulation of its time and its place, it was lightning in a bottle, and i just don’t think it can be translated/re-imagined to any good or useful effect.
Time I guess will tell.