Making an original movie can be a huge risk for a studio, so with each passing decade, movie remakes have become more and more prevalent. Though Hollywood shows no signs of slowing down, the 2000s marked a time with more reboots than ever before.
Whether it’s a remake of a foreign movie for American audiences, one of the many slasher flicks, or completely unnecessary reiterations of classics, the decade represented some of the best remakes ever made, and some of the very worst.
10 Best: Insomnia (7.2)
Being the only Christopher Nolan movie that the director didn’t actually write the screenplay for, Insomnia is an outlier in his filmography.
It’s a remake of a 1997 Norwegian movie of the same name, and Nolan’s version is actually very similar to the original both stylistically and in terms of its narrative. Fans love the movie for the way it pits Al Pacino and Robin Williams against one another in a game of cat and mouse.
9 Worst: Planet Of The Apes (5.7)
With Planet of the Apes having one of the biggest twists in cinema history, the movie is timeless. There was never any need to remake it, but with Tim Burton steering the ship, it couldn’t possibly go wrong, as he put a classically Burton gothic spin on things.
However, what audiences actually got was a bunch of actors in ape costumes that look no better than the original’s and one of the worst movie endings ever.
8 Best: Dawn Of The Dead (7.3)
Though it isn’t quite as witty or as smart as the original and is significantly lacking in humor, 2006’s remake of Dawn of the Dead was a surprising success, as it was expected to be just another dreary horror remake.
Directed by Zack Snyder, it’s one of the first of his movies where his video-game-like style is prominent. Strangely enough, two of the movie’s biggest fans are Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, who even appear on the DVD commentary.
7 Worst: Friday The 13th (5.5)
Friday The 13th is no stranger to remakes, as there have been many iterations both in film and on TV, but the 2009 remake is one of the horror reboots that fans hated.
The remake fails to deliver on anything the series is known for, most notably the scares. The director, Marcus Nispel, also directed the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which also received a miserable reception.
6 Best: 3:10 To Yuma (7.7)
Westerns might not be the most popular genre of movie these days, but when one does come around every few years, it ends up being terrific.
Being based on the 1957 movie of the same name, 3:10 To Yuma was praised by critics and audiences for being a much faster and punchier version of the original, with amazing performances from Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, and it has become one of Christian Bale’s best movies.
5 Worst: Poseidon (5.4)
Being a remake of the classic Gene Hackman disaster movie, in which a giant luxury liner is upturned by a tsunami and follows passengers trapped inside as they try to survive and make their way out, the remake failed to live up to the original.
Though Poseidon was praised for its use of special effects and set design, it was heavily criticized for its poor screenplay and appalling acting, with the biggest culprit being Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie.
4 Best: Ocean’s Eleven (7.7)
Not only is Ocean’s Eleven a sequel to the Frank Sinatra flick, but it completely revolutionized the movie and turned it into a billion-dollar franchise.
With Steven Soderbergh at the helm, he used ratatat jazz, rapid camera movements, and a slew of Hollywood A-listers to create one of the coolest movies ever, completely transforming the original, and it has since become one of the best heist movies of all time.
3 Worst: House Of Wax (5.3)
Though it was Paris Hilton’s lead role in the movie that was able to get so many butts in seats in the first place, it was also partly her fault the movie was critically panned.
Being a remake of a movie from more than 50 years prior, many felt that it was one of those remakes that should have never happened, and it was even nominated for a ton of Razzie awards. However, surprisingly enough, many critics have confessed to it being a guilty pleasure of theirs in the years since.
2 Best: The Departed (8.5)
Though making a gangster movie is expected of Scorsese, as it’s what he’s known for, The Departed is his only movie in the 2000s to be set during its time of release, which makes it one of the most interesting entries in his filmography.
Being based on the Hong Kong crime movie Infernal Affairs, The Departed has become not just the best remake of the 21st century, but maybe of all time, and it has also become one of the greatest gangster movies ever made, too. The movie even got Mark Wahlberg his first-ever Oscar nomination for his role as the foul-mouthed Sergeant Dignam.
1 Worst: The Fog (3.7)
The original version of The Fog, which was released in 1980 and directed by celebrated horror director John Carpenter, didn’t get great reviews upon its release either, but it has since become a cult classic.
However, the same can’t be said of the 2005 remake, as the movie is so bad that it wasn’t even screened to critics before its release. Not only is The Fog the worst remake of the 2000s, but it’s also one of the worst horror movies of the 2000s.
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