I will freely admit that I have little faith in remakes. I will also admit that this remake when I first heard about it made me angry. I’m quite a fan of the original and thoughts of Van Sant’s PSYCHO went through my head. I also hated the idea of changing the setting to the original Gulf War. Brainwashing just seemed more feasible when Communists were involved.
However, what I got was an ode to current political paranoias like the original one was on fears of the 1950s. Director Jonathan Demme (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) has constructed a tight thriller with a lot to say about the current geo-political climate. Ben Marco (Denzel Washington, TRAINING DAY) is a decorated military officer who has been having dreams about an incident in Iraq just prior to the first Gulf War, which lead to Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber, A WALK ON THE MOON) being decorated as a war hero. Now Shaw is the vice-presidential candidate and things don’t seem right to Marco, who tries to convince anyone who’ll listen that he isn’t crazy.