Top 10 Remakes That Got It Right
With a new take on 'Total Recall' out Friday, we round up cinema's best do-overs
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10. "No Way Out" (Roger Donaldson, 1987)
Remake of: "The Big Clock" (John Farrow, 1948)
As good a demonstration as any of the virtues of using B-movies as the foundation for better B-movies, Roger Donaldson’s cracking military thriller relocates John Farrow’s domestic 1948 noir – itself more faithfully based on a Kenneth Fearing novel – to the wholly new context of Cold War-era US naval law. Perhaps the more essential update, however, is the degree of steam permitted by 1980s censors: Kevin Costner and Sean Young, both in their movie-star prime, sex up material that was always asking for it.