Fueled by repetitive remakes, Hollywood now gives us The Gift. No, it’s not that movie wherein Katie Holmes bares it all. This one is a blatant remake of Caché, Michael Haneke’s 2005 film about a man’s vengeful past.
Made ten years after Haneke’s film, The Gift borrows quite a lot of plot elements from Caché: the videotapes are now a series of gifts, the Paris neighborhood turns into a Los Angeles suburb, Daniel Auteuil is now Jason Bateman (they kinda look alike though), Maurice Bénichou is now Joel Edgerton, and Juliette Binoche is now Rebecca Hall.
There’s nothing wrong about remaking a non-American movie; I actually think it shows Hollywood’s appreciation of art films, therefore proving us that they’re not just all about the money. (The Gift is an Australian-American production, but a Hollywood movie nonetheless.)
But is this endless saga of Hollywood remakes a good thing? I don’t think so. Once the benchmark of originality, Hollywood is now on a downward spiral of nothingness. It’s painful to see this industry running out of fresh ideas.
Trailer for The Gift:
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