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Gone vs Gone

  • Created on Wednesday, 30 August 2006 11:27
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Gone in 60 Seconds 1974
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Gone in 60 Seconds 2000

Gone in 60 Seconds was released in 1974 and is known for having one of the longest chase scenes in movie history (40 minutes). 93 cars were destroyed on screen during that chase. The movie was the work of H.B. Halicki who bankrolled, wrote, directed, and starred in it. Although the movie has it's flaws, it has become a cult classic over the years.

In 2000, the Gone in 60 Seconds was remade with a new cast, new story, and new cars. The new film was produced by Jerry Bruckhiemer, directed by Dominic Sena, and starred Nick Cage. It was a blockbuster when it was released, raking in over $100 million in the US.

Here is a comparision between the two films. It should be noted that although both films share the same underlying plot, they are two very different movies.
Eleanor
1974 :1973 Mustang Mach 1
2000 :1967 Shelbly GT500

Both films revolved around one car that could not be stolen, Eleanor. In the original, Eleanor was a very common yellow Mustang. They were everywhere but for some reason, everytime Hadrian tried to steal it, something happened to stop him. In the remake, the Eleanor was a very rare Shelby GT500. The 'unstealable' common car wasn't so common anymore.

The Job
1974 :Steal 40 Cars
2000 :Steal 50 Cars

The tasks in both movies are nearly the same, but the motivations are different. Pace simply wants to steal the cars for the money, but Raines needs to steal the cars to save his younger brother from a gangster. It's hard to overlook that Hadrian is a criminal when he's running from the cops. But since Raines is forced into the job, it's easier to root for him. The $200,000 payment is the same for both movies, but it seems a little low for the number of exotics stolen in the remake. The price averages out to $4000 per car and a lot of the cars stolen are worth over $100,000.

Supporting Cast

The group stealing cars in the 2000 remake are a more well defined bunch than in the original. The 1974 characters had little background if any, and the dialogue was so 'to the point' that no one showed much of a personality. In the remake, most of the characters had a bit of a backstory and there was more humor to keep things going.

The Work

Since the remake spent more time developing characters, it gave less time to the actual car thefts. Even though most of the jobs needed some sort of gadget or trick to steal the car, it seemed too easy with no real risk involved. The car thefts in the original happened mostly during the day with a lot of people around. They seemed more daring and exciting than the nighttime boosts featured in the 2000 film.

SubPlots

The remake had a lot of stuff going on other than stealing cars. Randall reunites with his old flame, patches up the relationship with his brother, toys with a cop who has been after him for years, has to deal with a rival car theft ring, and goes against a small time gangster. The movie doesnt have time to cram all of these stories into 2 hours so none of them seem complete. The original had only 1 plotline, stealing cars.

Cars

This is a push. While the original's cars were less exotic, it was fun seeing older cars onscreen. Huge Caddy's, Rolls Royces, Limos, Stutz's... some of these cars you don't even see in photo's anymore. The remake upped the ante by showing Ferraris, Mercedes, Lamborghinis and other exotics. But these cars are so well known and have been seen so often that it's not enough to just see them pull out of driveways.

Mini Chases

The original had a couple of small chases scattered through the film. The tow truck scene was great and is good enough by itself to be the climax of most films. But one chase was filmed at night and you can only see headlights bouncing down the street. The remake starts off with a small chase thats more of a non-event than anything else and the mini chase in the middle of the film barely registered as a chase at all.

The Big Chase

This is where both movies pick up. The chase has different meanings to both films. The original is basically just a long setup for the ending chase. In the remake, it just feels like another action sequence and isnt even the climax of the film. The original chase lasts 40 minutes and is filled with near captures, close calls, crashes, and inventive driving. The remake is about ten minutes(still a long chase scene by any standard) and looks too slick and choreographed to be very exciting.

The Jump

This is where the remake doesnt hold a candle to the original. The 1974 showed the final jump from multiple angles and in slow motion. It's so detailed that you can see the frame of the car buckle during the landing. The way the jump is filmed gives it an importance and impact that adds a lot to the stunt. It looks better each time you watch it. The opposite is true for the remake. The jump looks like its spliced together from 4 or 5 shots and even most those are CGI. Computer generated effects have their place in films, but this wasn't one of them. It gives the stunt a fake look and seems like it was put in just to use up a mandatory cgi budget.

When it comes down to it, the Original Gone in 60 Seconds outshines the 2000 remake. Eventhough it has lower production values and sub-par acting, the original stays focused on being a car chase film. The remake tries to do a lot but it never follows through. The emotional udercurrents are barely realized and it really falls short in the action department. Instead of raising the bar on the stunt sequences the remake plays it safe.

 

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