The Manchurian Candidate details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voigt, Ted Levine, Jon Voight, Bruno Ganz, Jeffrey Wright, Vera Farmiga, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise, Simon McBurney|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
The Manchurian Candidate
|Run time:||2 hours 9 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Apr 2005|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A bland remake of a classic filmBy Philip Concannon from London , 05 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]The fact that Jonathan Demme's remake doesn't live up to the original comes as little surprise, unfortunately the film fails to impress even when taken on it's own merits. Pedestrian and uninvolving, it had me checking my watch within the first hour. It takes forever for the film to set up the basic premise and then never really delivers on it. The plotting is obvious and often ludicrous, leaving some gaping holes along the way.
'The Manchurian Candidate's main strength is in its fine cast, but not the leading man. Washington just seems to sit there in the middle of the screen for long periods, offering nothing of interest until he switches into his twitchy, sweaty, paranoid mode. It's probably the least engaging performance I've ever seen from this normally compelling actor.
Meryl Streep delivers her usual strong performance as Raymond Shaw's mother, and she gets all the best lines, but the real stand-out is Liev Schreiber as Shaw. He's convincingly slick as the aspiring polititian but also vulnerable and racked with doubt when he needs to be. John Voight is excellent in an all-too-brief role but Kimberly Elise is saddled with a very poorly-conceived character that she can't do much with.
The most disappointing thing about 'The Manchurian Candidate' is how a very creepy and unusual film has been transformed into a straight-faced, slick blockbuster, indistinguishable from many other conspiracy thrillers. Demme's tricksy, cluttered direction is annoying, as are his endless point-of-view shots(which worked well in the confines of 'Silence of the Lambs' but not here).
Demme does get one over on Frankenheimer's film with the well-orchestrated assassination climax, but too often this falls short. And its desperate attempts to make everything seem topical and relevant will ensure it quickly dates while the original continues to shine
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Better or worse than original?By a customer from Fife , 18 Feb 2010I selected this simply from the title not realising it was a remake of the earlier film of the same name. I have read the book that lead to the original fim and found this twist clever in concept and well executed. However debatable whether it is better than the original film
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Far fetched yet entertainingBy carlsob (82 reviews) from Kidderminster , 18 Feb 2010Warning!
The plot of this movie is hard to grasp and its hard to write a review without giving the game away. However its not rocket science to understand and its actually a decent movie. Quality acting from Denzel & Liev. a decent rent
Dul, dull, dull. And also daft.By Jammy74 (67 reviews) from Felixstowe, UK , 04 Feb 2010Why is it that whenever a conspiracy is hatched by those wanting to seize power they always involve too many innocent parties (who may just figure it out) and over-complicate everything with a plan that hangs by two few threads.
That's exactly what happens in The Manchurian Candidate, a bland remake of a decent original. As the plot lurches along in fits and starts it ratchets up the silliness until byt the end I was just laughing at each implausible and ridiculous turn. The script doesn't help any of the talented actors on display, especially Liev Schreiber, who never seems to get a handle on his character.
Utter nonsense can be done well and still produce an entertaining movie. But not here. Avoid.
Good oneBy Kayonly (27 reviews) from London , 13 Nov 2009I enjoyed this film.
ImplausibleBy jimsim (3 reviews) from London , 04 Nov 2009Headed with a good cast of actors able to carry off the story line to a degree. However, the plot is implausible and lacks finesse. Ok if you have a few hours to waste.