When my wife and I sat down to watch the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th, I expected to view the movie, consciously compare it to the 1980 original and find a zillion reasons why it was a terrible movie compared to its predecessor.
About five minutes into the film, I came to the realization that, even though I remember seeing the original, it has been years and I don’t remember anything about it. So, I made a vow to myself that, if I did review this film, I would take it at face value and base my opinion on the movie itself rather than trying to compare it to a horror film classic.
Sadly, I came to realize that I still didn’t like this movie.
If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you would know I’m a huge fan of slasher movies and tend to give them praise when others won’t. I just can’t do it with this one for a couple of different reasons.
First, the plot is way too vague. We learn Jason drowned and his mother went on a killing spree, only to be beheaded. But, she somehow brought him back to life. OK, fair enough. But, I’m still a bit confused about why he feels the need to kill everyone within spitting distance of Camp Crystal Lake. It’s not like they had anything to do with his death or the death of his mother. The only logical conclusion would be him trying to prevent people from stealing his supply of marijuana.
In fact, you don’t really learn a whole lot about Jason to begin with. Typically, when someone makes a remake of a film, they start over from scratch and re-introduce you to the characters. The scriptwriters for this film assume everyone already knows who Jason is and, with the exception of a campfire story that summarizes his legend, doesn’t give much background about the character. There was more of an effort to show topless women than there was to give a bit more history about who he was and where he draws his power.
The scenes where he hunts down his victims are somewhat exciting. But, they also are predictable. Not only were we able to guess which person would die next, we guessed the way they would die too.
This was especially true of the ending, where they defeat Jason then dump him in the lake; only to have him come to life again (sorry for the spoiler there). Seriously, why would you dump him in the lake to begin with? Your friends and the local sheriff have all been slaughtered. Why would you dispose of the body of the guy who did it, a move that is going to make you the primary suspect? It was a head scratching moment that pretty much represented the entire film.
Final opinion: Like I mentioned before, I don’t remember the original but, if it is anything like this remake, I probably didn’t like it either.
Average Netflix Grade: 3.3 stars out of a possible 5
My Grade: 2 stars.