plausive: (Life on Mars: Pwned)
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So, for a lack of anything better to do, I decided to sit down and watch the US version of Life On Mars.

They were right to go ahead and re-shoot it, this new cast is a lot better than what they had originally. Looks-wise it's as visually appealing as the UK version. A little darker (think Hillstreet Blues rather than the UK version which was much more Sweeney), a little bit more dramatic... I liked that the re-shoot moved the story to NY rather than LA. I was confused as to why they didn't pick NY in the first place TBH, but it was a good choice.

Story wise? Nothing unexpected. A few little American details here and there, but otherwise it's nothing new. Obviously the pop culture references are different, and some of the soundtrack has been changed (though thankfully they ditched the disco crap they'd originally planned on going with).

If you've never seen the original, it probably holds up fairly well. However, for those of us who have seen the original... Even with Harvey Keitel on board, the acting doesn't live up to the original. Keitel is good, but I don't feel like he gets it quite the way Philip Glenister did. Though maybe that will change as the series goes on. Out of all of them, he's the only one with any promise IMHO. Jason O'Mara is no John Simm, he's not charming enough and he really doesn't do crazy half as well as Simm can. Michael Imperioli was alright as Ray, though he didn't have much to do in this episode, so it was hard to get a feel for him. Gretchen Mol as Anne was... I didn't think I could like Anne any less. I mean, at least Liz White can act, you couldn't put her at fault for how crap Anne was 90% of the time. But no, now we have a character who's not only dull as dishwater, but is being played by someone you want to stab in the face with a fork.

Will I watch again? Yeah, prolly. If only out of morbid curiosity.

It's like watching a local amateur production of Hamlet. You don't have much hope for it being great, and it'll never measure up to the Royal Shakespeare company, but it's only five quid and it's not like you have anything better to do.
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