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on 27 May 2010
The late Patrick McGoohan's cult masterpiece The Prisoner is one series that should never, EVER have been remade. Wether a straightforward remake or a 're-imagining' the orginal is so iconic, unique and highly regarded that any new version was almost doomed to failure, and fail this certainly does. Bearing very little resemblance to the original aside from one or two scenes in the first episode that are lifted word for word from the classic series pilot episode, and the basic premise of the village, this takes Mcgoohan's fantastic concept and promptly sets about soiling it's memory. A HUGE mistake was in the casting of Jim Caviziel in the title role - he is simply terrible. Wooden beyond belief and totally lacking in the charisma, righteous anger, and acting ability of the magnificent McGoohan, Caviziel is painful to watch. Whereas McGoohan's numer 6 was the epitome of rebellion, resourcefulness, tough, sharp-witted and unrelenting in his determination to escape and get one over on his captors, Caviziel is a total wet lettuce who hardly even bothers to try and escape and makes you wonder why anyone would even bother with him. The plot is confused, turgid, slow and uninvolving, lacking the wry humour, surrealism and britishness of the original. Only Ian McKellan turns in a decent performance but it's far from his finest hour.
Apparently McGoohan was asked to appear in this remake before he died and he turned it down saying it already been done. If only they'd listened to him. Absolutely dire.
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