As an office full of Crank fans, we're psyched to see Gamer, the next project from Crank and Crank: High Voltage directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Maybe it's because it looks like it has a lot in common with the Cranks, as far as hyperkinetic action and video game iconography go, but it may also be that the plot reminds us of some of our favorite movies of the past. In Gamer, a convict named Kable is a remote-controlled soldier in a real-life video game, and he only needs to win three more games to win his freedom. Maybe it's on purpose, maybe it's just coincidence, but here are a few of the films that we think of whenever we watch the Gamer trailer.
So America is really excited about this remake of The Taking of Pelham 123... right? Aren't they? Well, maybe they wouldn't be so excited if they knew that this was the second time they've remade it! The last time was a 1998 TV movie starring Edward James Olmos and Vincent D'Onofrio, and although that sounds frickin' awesome, we haven't seen it, so we can't say for sure. We'll assume that it was horrible, which is why they decided to remake it yet again. There are a lot of remakes out there like that -- ones that are not only worse than the originals, but actually worse than most films, thereby necessitating yet another remake just so we can get the taste of the last one out of our mouths. Here are ten movies we loved whose remakes we simply can't stand, and could use a third (or fourth, or fifth) attempt to put a new spin on things.