Published on October 11th, 2010 | by Chris3
Fail Safe (2000)
Ah the classics, such as 1964′s Fail Safe, based on the Burdick novel of the same name…. And then somebody gets the bright idea to remake it. Not just “reboot it”, but remake it more-or-less verbatim. That’s what happened with 2000′s Live TV experiment Fail Safe.
Now, the original film is a real gem. (see the link above for the review of that, along with the plot of this one.) There’s no denying it. A tense thriller chock-full of paranoia and despair from an era where it belonged….
The biggest problem with this, though, is that its, well, bland. Everyone seems like they’ve rehearsed their lines 1000 times and the entire thing comes across as very mechanical. VERY. It also doesn’t help matters that they tried to recreate the original shot-for-shot it seems.
BUT, as an experiment in live TV, I guess it was a success. Back in 1964 there may still have been events such as this going on the air. A bit late, maybe (I’m thinking more 50′s-ish) but the sentiment is at least well received.
Not even an “ensemble” cast can pull the dullness out of the grey muck. Clooney, Cheadle, Dreyfuss, Dennehy, Wyle, Cromwell, Keitel… the list is almost too long to repeat here. Not sure what happened, really. If they were shooting for such an exact recreation that they didn’t want the actors to, well, act…. or if like I said above they rehearsed the thing so many times (to avoid a live TV snafu) they all got sick of it…..
What else is there to say, really. If you really want to see this story, go find that ’64 original. Or just read the book, even.
The trailer for this one….
And the original, you tell me.
OscarÂ® winner George Clooney (Syriana, Ocean’s Thirteen) and Emmy nominated Noah Wyle (“ER,” “Librarian: Quest for the Spear”) head an all-star cast in this tense and powerful Cold War thriller performed live on network TV (CBS)…
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Original Release Date:
- Richard Dreyfuss
- Noah Wyle
- Brian Dennehy
- Sam Elliott
- James Cromwell
- Oscar? winner George Clooney (Syriana, Ocean’s Thirteen) and Emmy nominated Noah Wyle (“ER,” “Librarian: Quest for the Spear”) head an all-star cast in this tense and powerful Cold War thriller performed live on network TV (CBS). An electrical malfunction prevents the Pentagon from stopping a pilot (Clooney) whose jet has been mistakenly ordered to drop nuclear bombs on Russia. Facing world nuclea
Summary: If you really want to see this story, go find that '64 original. Or just read the book, even.