Driving through the backwoods of Texas, five youths pick up a traumatized hitchhiker, who shoots herself in their van. Shaken by the suicide, the group seeks help from the locals, but their situation becomes even more surreal when they knock on the door of a remote homestead. It’s quickly apparent the residents are a family of inbred psychopaths, and the unlucky youths suddenly find themselves running for their lives. In hot pursuit is a disfigured, chainsaw-wielding cannibal known as Leatherface.
I thought this movie was a lot more entertaining than the original, in some ways. As for remakes go, this is one of those rare ones that I was actually pleased with. The only thing I really didn’t like about this version was nothing really matched up to the original version. All of the character names were changed. In the original, they never said what Leatherface’s name was, but in this one, it’s Thomas Hewitt.
As for the acting, I thought Jessica Biel played a great role, as the main character. As for Morgan, I thought he played a better role, than Jerry from the original (if that’s who he’s suppose to be without the wheelchair). The only problem I had with him was he talked too much and cried more than anything else. As for Thomas Hewitt or Leatherface, I thought he was a lot more creepier looking in the original, than this version. With this one, he only has a distorted face. Though, I did like how they showed him a lot more, than the original. It’s probably the main reason why I enjoyed this movie so much, I think.
Another thing I liked about this movie was the emotions the actors and actresses put into their roles. With most movies, the actors either give off too much emotion or too little. It is very rare to see a lot of trembling and almost flawless fear, in most movies.
If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s definitely worth watching. If you are a fan of the original, you may or may not like this version more. It really depends on what you want from the movie. If you thought the original was slow and a little bit boring, then you’ll probably enjoy this one more.
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