Robocop – The original was awesome, campy fun. The remake, starring The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman, was a non-stop blast. Plus, they kept, “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” And you can’t beat Michael Keaton.
The Amityville Horror – No flying pigs in the remake and no gate’s of Hell either. The remake is far creepier than the original. As a bonus, we actually see proof that Ryan Reynolds can act beyond the smart-ass characters he’s portrayed in almost every movie he has ever been in.
The Departed – Yes, Scorsese should have won Best Director for Raging Bull, Good Fellas, Gangs of New York, and The Aviator. However, his remake of Internal Affairs hits on all cylinders.
Let Me In – Let Me In is a remake of the Swedish production of Let the Right One In. Although director Matt Reeves discarded much of the sexual undertones found in the original movie Reeves managed to amplify everything else that made the original creepy and scary.
The Good Thief – This little gem, a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Bob le Flambeur, passed under the radar when it was released. It’s a shame, too. Nick Nolte gives the performance of his career.