‘Jack Ryan,’ and why most reboots fail

“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” a reboot of the old Tom Clancy series, inspired just a tiny quiver of interest from Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis. But it spurred a debate of why, with a few exceptions, so many Hollywood reboots aren’t worth watching. Watch the video above for their full discussion.

“Planet of the Apes”

No, not the dreadful 2001 version directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg. That one looked like it was filmed in a warehouse and the costumes were from the Walgreen’s down the street.

The franchise got the reboot it deserved in 2011′s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” starring Andy Serkis and James Franco. It packed an emotional punch, and the story drew sympathy for both the humans and the apes. It’s better than the original Charlton Heston films from the 1970s, which, to be fair, are lovable despite their campy feel.

“The Dukes of Hazzard”

This 2005 reboot is a prime example of an unfortunate trend: taking old TV shows better left to cable reruns and giving them new life on the silver screen.

“Dukes” could have been better. It could’ve been a fun, southern action flick with a little bit of humor. Instead, it was full of silly set pieces and gross jokes. Not to say that the original TV series is an untouchable classic, but the reboot was especially miserable.

Not all TV series reboots are awful though; consider “21 Jump Street” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

On the radio this week:

  1. Listen Stephanie and Euan pass on "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," while "The Past" draws raves from Stephanie

    Jan 17, 2014