Based on a
novel by Lew Wallace, Ben Hur tells the story of a Jewish merchant who seeks
revenge on the former friend that imprisoned his mother and sister and forced
him into slavery. First filmed (in one reel) in 1907, the story reached the big
screen again in 1925 and 1959 respectively, with the latter version winning a
then unprecedented 11 Oscars.
Bekmambetov directs the latest remake, but don’t expect it to match its
predecessor’s awards haul. Though the trailer promises epic battles and
effects-heavy action sequences, its only Morgan Freeman’s dreadlocks that
distinguish it from Gladiator, 300, Gods Of Egypt et al.
problem with the modern multiplex – every “new” movie is a variation on an
imitation. If your local plex was an ice cream store, they’d stock 57 varieties
knows its future lies in trading off famous titles, but that doesn’t mean they
have to keep remaking Wuthering Heights, Beauty And The Beast or The Magnificent
Seven. The number of bad movies crying out to be improved by a well-intentioned
reboot is considerable, so here are 10 pictures that could
give remakes a good name.