Top 10 Movies that Can't Be Remade Due to Modern TechnologyA little while back, I talked about old television episodes that couldn't be remade in today's modern world, either due to advances in technology or because of people's changing morals. Now I'm going to talk about old classic movies that can't be remade in this day because of advancements in technology. And not just smartphones either, although that has become the primary technology these days. There are plenty of movies with plots that wouldn't work due to today's technology. Feel free to add your own.
The Top Ten
Considered by many as the best Christmas movie of all time, Home Alone was Macaulay Calkins' breakout role as the resourceful Kevin McCallister who's left behind after a power outage causes his family to sleep in and make a mad dash for the airport before their plane left, leaving Kevin behind. What follows is his adventures being the only person in the house. The reason remaking this would be impossible would be because of all the advancements in technology. For starters, there are now e-tickets which basically replace paper tickets as if you look closely during the supper scene, we see Kevin's ticket thrown away by accident. There are also numerous apps that the McCallisters could've used to fly home and rent vehicles to get back to Chicago. But the biggest change is how cell phones have replaced conventional alarm clocks. Even with the power outage in the middle of the night, the alarm on their phones would have woken them up as long as they left them on the charger.
One of Robin Williams' best performances, One Hour Photo is the thriller about a photo technician who develops pictures for the Yorkins family throughout the years and slowly believes himself to be a member of the family. This wouldn't work today due to how advanced digital cameras have become. In fact, the first digital camera came out in 1975 and although it was really primitive, it set the groundwork for what was to come. You know, come to think of it, old-fashioned photography was well on its way out when this film was released.
In this 1981 film starring Jim Henson's Muppets, Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo travel to London, England to crack the case of numerous jewel heists on British fashion magnate Lady Holiday to keep their jobs as reporters. There are numerous instances where the plot would've been stopped dead cold thanks to modern technology. Before or after arriving in London, Kermit could've Googled where Lady Holiday lived and even did an image search of her, thus avoiding mixing her up with Miss Piggy. Then there's the restaurant scene where Lady Holiday's brother Nicky steals her necklace and Gonzo captures the image on a flashbulb camera, only for it to be ruined by the residents of the Happiness Hotel when they barge into the restroom which was converted to a dark room. If this was filmed today, even someone on a miniscule budget like Gonzo could afford a decent digital camera that could take pictures in the dark and upload them to various websites. It would've kept Miss Piggy out of jail and thwarted ...more
Those who've heard of Scream will probably remember the iconic opening scene where Drew Barrymore's character Casey Becker and her boyfriend met an untimely end at the start of the film, which was really shocking at the time. When an incorrect answer costs Steve his life, Casey refuses to answer anymore questions and the killer brutally murders her. In today's age, Caller ID would display who's calling and even if Casey is forced into this deadly game, she probably would've either answered the call on a smartphone or near a computer where she could Google the answers. In fact, Caller ID subscriptions tripled after the film's release so Drew Barrymore's short-lived screen time wasn't a total waste.
A timeless thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, North by Northwest is a tale of an average civilian who's mistaken by a seedy organization for a special agent who's trying to stop them from smuggling microfilm out of the country which contains valuable government secrets. Roger Thornhill's normal life as an advertising executive is turned upside down when the organization thinks he's the man they're after and what ensues is a chase across the U.S.A. for Roger to prove to them that he's not the man they're after. Today's technology would render a remake of this classic impossible. For starters, microfilm would be replaced by digital cameras or smartphones where the organization could immediately either e-mail or text to their superiors and they could've dug up info on the supposed George Kaplan to find out who he really is.
In the 1980's, skipping school without your parents finding out was a lot easier than it is now. This classic starring Matthew Broderick is about a high schooler who decides to fake illness so he could get his friends together for an epic day off tooling around Chicago. In today's world, Edward Rooney would be able to prove Ferris' delinquency at the comfort of his office thanks to Facebook, YouTube and the like where people would've photographed him on the float in the parade, among other shenanigans.
People are probably familiar with the famous shower scene from Psycho where Marion Crane is stabbed to death by a crossdressing Norman Bates. In today's world, Marion would've had technology on her side to ensure she reached California with her 1960 $40 000 in tact, which would be almost $350 000 as of 2020. That is, if her boss's client wasn't aware of wiring the money electronically. For starters, Marion could've wired the money to her lover and made sure she didn't leave any traces. Even if she had to escape with the physical cash, she could've looked up the Bates Motel on Yelp and other sites to see that it's not the ideal place to crash. And there's also instant camping gear available at department stores such as instant tents anyone can put up. Either way, Marion would've been able to avoid the Bates Motel in some form or another.
How many of you readers are old enough to remember these things? In Joel Schumacher's 2003 thriller, Stuart Shepherd (Colin Farrell) is caught in a phone booth by a sniper who knows that he's been cheating on his wife. If Stu leaves, his wife and lover will both be told the truth. The reason a remake is impossible is pretty obvious; there are almost no phone booths around these days. In 1999, there were 2 000 000 phone booths across the United States. In 2018, that number dropped to 100 000. In many parts of Japan, phone booths have become obsolete and are now being turned into aquariums.
Ah, the original Pixar classic about how toys come to life when no one's around. Would a remake work? Probably not. Many people like Andy would have access to cameras and baby monitors that would allow him to take footage of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys coming to life and doing things when Andy's not around. Toys being able to move and talk without humans knowing about it would be next to impossible. But come to think of it, if Pixar wants to make Toy Story 5, this would be an excellent plot device. Just saying.
Well we've got four movies and it seems like it could still work
Disney's classic about a weight loss camp is one for the ages. Just as a new year begins at Camp Hope, the Bushkins announce that they filed for bankruptcy and the camp is now owned by fitness fanatic Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller). The boys write letters home to their parents and relatives only for Tony and his staff to steal them and stash them away. And phone calls home aren't any better. In today's modern world, the boys and worried staff would've been able to smuggle in smartphones to record the brutal exercises Tony was putting them through and upload them onto social media within days of the camp year starting. Even if the reception at Camp Hope was too poor to do so, I'm pretty sure Tony's office would be equipped with a PC with internet connection that the others could use to do the job. Plus, there are cellphone signal boosters people can use. No matter how you slice it, today's advanced technology would've allowed the boys and staff to expose Tony's tyranny very early on.