What is the true goal of a remake anyway? A reimagination of an old classic? An updated version to make something accessible for the newer generation? A borrowed source to tell your own new story?
For Gus Van Sant, coming off of his Boston smartbro classic Good Will Hunting, a remake meant an exact shot-for-shot redoing of a Hitchcock's famous thriller. Vince Vaughn, our generation's Anthony Perkins, gives a stunning performance that blows Ol' Tony right out of our collective memory, but the real star is Julianne Moore's Walkman and Viggo Mortenson's ass. Don't forget, this is 1998!
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