I know the MPAA ratings are a complete joke, but I sometimes use them to clock my expectations. A movie’s quality has nothing to do with its rating, but if you’re making a reboot that looks exactly like the previous, which was rated R, then the least you could do is keep that standard intact and give the newest adaptation (Total Recall) the same rating.
Sony’s Colin Farrell starring Total Recall reboot has been slapped with a PG-13 from the MPAA, which means we can cancel out the possibility of having a good time watching Farrell kill some baddies in brutal fashion. This basically marks the end of the film for me, because they’ve done nothing but mess up from the moment they released the first teaser. Now we know their true intentions are simply to make as much money possible, without even trying to bring new material to the screen.
Total Recall has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language. I was really holding out for an R, which would have kept the outlook looking slightly more positive, but now it looks like all we should expect is another watered down and pointless remake.
Two other films have received ratings and both sit fine with me. The first is Gangster Squad, which will be R for strong violence and language and the second is Taken 2, which will be PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality.
Gangster Squad looked like an obvious R and I’m glad that’s the case. Ruben Fleischer‘s all-star gangster drama features Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte and Frank Grillo.
Taken 2 shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the first film received the same PG-13 stateside. I much preferred the extended cut, which reinserted all of the extended violence, but the PG-13 version was still pretty brutal. I’m wondering if the rest of the world is getting a more extended cut this time around or if they’ll be stuck with a PG-13 version too?
(via Box Office Mojo)