Demme dug deep into his bag of tricks and pulled a Roger Corman, turning this version of TMC into one the most expensive and entertaining B-movies ever made. There’s pulp for days, from the expressionistic direction and performances to the twisty, overwritten plot. However, it’s in satirizing the role of war vets and mental illness in the U.S. that the film transcends what otherwise wouldn’t be more than popcorn fare
The most uninspired remake of all time? It's down there. Generic fluff that uses the opening twist of the original close to its final resolution. Despite its flow problems, 1962 was smart enough to be more complex. I will repeat that again... We know where the first 3/4 leads because it's how the original starts. What the hell is even the point of that? Zero creativity, for sure. Demme's direction is also very weak.
Director Jonathan Demme has created a new vision and fresh update of John Frankenheimer's timeless masterpiece. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE is thrilling, exciting, entertaining, and frightening in the same time. Denzel Washington's character is more complex than Frank Sinatra's in the original movie. I loved Jonathan Demme's direction and Tak Fujimoto's paranoid cinematography. Overall, it's a great remake...
one of my favorite movie, it reached some soulfulness that even i am not allowed to know (goddamnmysubconscious). it talks about the fear that arises from mental illness. good storyline, but what struck me the most was washington watching shaw's ascent and jeffrey wright's role that freaked me out. loved the sexual tension between ben and rosie and the lansbury fake pitch of streep. ganz and voigt masters-teachers.
Unflinching dissection of political schizophrenia and brainwash. Current political games are so far away from the ideals they should follow that they render (patriotic) people confused and completely lost. A cinematic revelation with narrative as fragmented and harrowing as the reality it represents.