Dateline Movie Countdown Presents: System Reboot!


1. In computer terms, to restart the computer.

2. To create a re imagination of a franchise, either ignoring or using previous elements.

From remakes to reboots, some ideas are meant to be used again, or for the very least, earn from it. Welcome everyone, and today we'll be talking about reboots/remakes. Reboots are very common nowadays, so we decided to show you, the most memorable latest reboots/remakes. Besides, with a number of reboots this year ,we might just need to talk about them. They should just start calling 2014 as "Reboot Year". You may or may not like them, but they sure do entertain!

1. RoboCop (2014)

-Reboot of RoboCop Franchise (1987-1993)

This cyber-stylized crime movie was released on January 30, 2014. With Jose Padliha directing the feature, this film showcases Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman as the titular crime-fighter, alongside Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel and Micahel K. Williams in supporting roles. 

I'm pretty sure every one remembers the original RoboCop, as well as the other types of media that tried to replicate it's legacy. It's sheer satire and brooding violence is the reason why it became a cult classic. Released just this year, it retells the story of Det. Alex Murphy's murder and his rebirth as the next generation of the police department's crime-fighting machine. I have to say, the performances are really impressive, especially from top-notch actor Kinnaman as the hero. The action sequences are very impressive as well, including the addition of his cool motorbike was pretty good too. However, this film lacks the thought-provoking themes the original tackled. Yes the movie talks about commercialism and crime, which are all good topics, but the story fails to deliver the character development of Alex Murphy, as well as the film's pacing to me is a little bit off. Regardless, the movie is still an great movie to watch.

2. The Amazing Spider-Man Franchise (2012-Present)

-Reboot of Spider-Man Franchise (2002-2007)

The first installment in the franchise was released last July 3, 2012 and it's sequel was recently presented on May 2, 2014. The movies feature Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger, with Emma Stone as the beloved Gwen Stacy, and Sally Field as his Aunt May. The first part also showcased Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Denis Leary in supporting roles. The sequel had new additions to the franchise with Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and Paul Giamatti joining in.

As a child, I enjoyed watching Tobey Maguire suiting-up as the web-head on screen. I wasn't really familiar with the comics back then, but the action and the drama was worth watching. When I heard that a fourth sequel for the classic series was not coming to theaters, and a rebooted version was coming out instead, I was excited and at the same time disappointed. (For more information about the movies' summaries, click here or here). Andrew Garfield surprisingly suited well for the role of Spider-Man in these series, as well as all cast members. The pulse-pounding action keeps delivering the excitement through it's eye-catching 3D-rendering. Although I enjoy over-arching stories, especially for the fact that it gives out realism in it's atmosphere such as that in the Star Wars franchise, there are some certain times that it has to take a different direction. Don't get me wrong, these stories have something that made Spider-Man unique, but somehow, it just makes me feel like I'm in familiar ground. The first was slightly altered and all the while entertaining, although known, but as it reaches it's second coming, it's starting to lose flare with it's lackluster character developments and the overuse of foreshadowing. (See The Amazing Spider-Man and 2 Trailers for Spotted!) We all know that sequels would be coming out soon, including two new spin-offs, which would all make a fresh take on the Spider-Verse, entitled "Venom" and "Sinister Six" will also be shown. Let's just hope these films can repair the damages done. The soundtrack is intensely good to, you can listen to it below.

3. The New Planet of the Apes Franchise (2011-Present)

-Reboot of Planet of the Apes Franchise (1968-1972) and Burton's  Remake (2001)


This sci-fi epic was first launched on August 5, 2011, with it's follow-up being released also this year on July 11, 2014. Rupert Wyatt takes control of the first film in the reboot, casting James Franco, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, David Oyelemo and the magnificent Andy Serkis as Ceasar, the leader of the new race of apes (I personally enjoyed his performance in the Lord of the Rings Franchise as Gollum). Matt Reeves takes over the director's chair for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with a new cast featuring Gary Oldman, Keri Russel, Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-Mcphee replacing the former cast. Andy Serkis also returns as the notable primate.

Well this list couldn't be anymore old school than this part. Yeah, I'm not really that familiar with the classic one either but the first remake, now that's the one I'm familiar with. With Tim Burton's remake failed to deliver, there was clearly room for a remake of the classic, or at least, a new direction. The first franchise, including it's remake focuses on an astronaut, stranded in a planet ruled by intellectual primates. According to critics, it was adventurous enough to make it one of the best, until it hit rock bottom with parallel universes, plot recycling and a very confusing ending in the remake. The reboot focuses more on the origins of the Planet of the Apes, as well as character development and a lot less time traveling mumbo jumbo. In "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", we see a scientist coping with his father's condition and desperately seeking a cure for it by experimenting on an ape named Ceasar. But things go awry when Ceasar gets hostile towards humanity. The story continues with "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", wherein the last of humankind struggles to survive a world full of monkeys after a cataclysmic outbreak of a simian-type infection from the previous film. To be honest, I'm not much of a fan of remakes or reboots as much as other movie buff in the globe, but this is a kind of remake that fulfills their promise. Powered by glorious performances from top-notch leads, the movie can surely bring you to tears or make you think of environmental awareness. The story is very exciting and finely crafted as well, focusing on mature themes such as humanity, survival and experimentation. This is a kind of franchise that does not need to rely on unnecessary action, but it's more on heart and mind. Needless to say, this is a very good example of reusing ideas from classics that gives out something unexpectedly great. By the way, a sequel may be coming out in 2016 so be patient and yes, Matt Reeves would direct the movie once more.

4. Godzilla (2014)

-Reboot of Japanese Godzilla Films (1954-2004) and Emmerich's  Reboot (1998)


This monstrous hit was released, yet again this year on May 16, 2014. (Hey that's just one day before my birthday!) From the makers of Pacific Rim, another movie featuring monsters, comes another monster movie, but this time, about the popular dinosaur from Japan, Godzilla. Starring Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen in this spectacle, with director Gareth Edwards taking control. Featuring the "force of nature" once again in a very long time!

Remember when I said we couldn't get anymore old school than a Planet of the Apes reboot? Well, I was wrong. Similar to how Burton's Planet of the Apes turned out with Roland Emmerich's Godzilla, Hollywood might have to redo him all over again but similarly to most of the reboots here, they'll be focusing more on humanity rather than mindless action. The film is about the classic monster causing chaos not only in Japan, but also here in the Philippines and in America, and scientists have to find a way to stop the beast. Sure you might expect loads of explosions. Yes it did show that, but the story serves up something cooler than action, as well as the performances from Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen (both of whom will appear in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron), Ken Watanabe and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston. A sequel may be coming out soon, so don't miss it.

5. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

-Possible Reboot of All X-Men films (2000-2013)


Released again this year, May 23, 2014, this superhero flick sees the return of Bryan Singer to the big screen, as well as the reunion of X-Men legends Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicolas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Shawn Ashmore and Ellen Page. This cast is also joined by Game of Thrones' very own Dinklage.

This one is interesting. When Earth has been overrun by menacing machines called the Sentinels, the Wolverine teams-up with the X-Men of the past, which includes Professor X, Magneto and the Beast, with some help from the Quicksilver, to stop Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels. Among all the reboots in this list, this is the most complex of them all. You have to be an avid X-Men fan or have watched previous X-Men movies to know and understand what the movie is trying to relay.  It's about Wolverine undoing a past, but what does it mean for the future? In the end, Wolverine makes it back to his future, with Jean Grey and Cyclops alive? What happened to the previous films? Ouch, headache! We'll just have to see the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse to know more.

Well I guess that's it for this list of reboots. What's your favorite reboot?

Robocop is available on iTunes

The Amazing Spiderman 2 is available on iTunes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in available on iTunes

Godzilla is available on iTunes  

X Men Days of Future Past is available on iTunes


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