Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thoughts on The Prisoner (spoiler)

I spent the last three nights watching AMC's remake of The Prisoner, a show I vaguely remember watching back in the '60's.

I really liked it. Visually, it managed to capture the surreal quality of the original without simply copying it. Rover was much more imposing in this version as well.

The acting was superb. Ian McKellan was as evil as a man could get. Jim Caviezel was great. Although his Number 6 wasn't as feisty as Patrick McGoohan's, but as it turned out, there was a reason for that.

Which brings me to my gripe: The ending sucked. Not as bad as the original series' ending sucked (nothing can suck that bad), but it sucked nevertheless.

The reason it sucked? Thankfully it wasn't because it was a hastily cobbled together musical, no.

The Village won! What kinda crap is that? The whole reason for the series was to show the triumph of man's individuality over that of the collective. No matter what they threw at Number Six, they lost.

Not this time. This time they won.

I shudder to think how the remake of Red Dawn will turn out. Everyone get out your Russian-to-English dictionaries!



Moogie P said...

Egad. Was the Young President listed among the producers?

Rustmeister said...

LOL, didn't think to look.