MOVIE SHOWDOWN: Déjà Vu Movies
Well, recently, a movie called “Olympus has Fallen” in which the White House is taken hostage has been released. Not long afterward, they released a trailer for a movie called “White House Down” to be released this summer. As the title suggests, it’s about the White House being taken hostage.
It seems as though this happens a lot through the years. Hollywood churns out sequels, remakes, reboots, and what-have-you. But sometimes when there is an original idea for a movie, it just so happens that someone else has the same idea at the same time. I call these “Déjà vu Movies.” This doesn’t include rip offs, where something becomes successful AND THEN other similar movies come out. Déjà vu movies are usually released around the same time. If you’re not familiar with how the industry works, there is a long process and a lot of politics with getting your idea onto the screen. And sometimes, you’re so involved in your work, you don’t notice when there is another project with the exact same premise. It happens a lot.
I’m going to take a few of those movies and pit them against each other in my own “Face Off.” So, remember, these are my opinions and yours will likely differ from mine and that's ok. This is just for entertainment.
Volcano movies: DANTE'S PEAK VS. VOLCANO (1997)
Volcano wins points with me because it's so bad, it's good. Tommy Lee Jones was capitalizing on his new found commercial fame after "Men in Black" and he was in top B-movie condition here.
Asteroid movies: Deep Impact vs. Armageddon (1998)
I like how "Deep Impact" was more about the humans than the action on the asteroid. It's a very deep subject to think about. And no matter how redundant and boring "Armageddon" gets at times, Michael Bay can certainly bring the entertainment whenever I wanna turn my brain off. I'm also a sucker for Bruce Willis.
Little kids in major league baseball movies: Rookie of the Year vs. Little Big League (1993/94)
"Rookie of the Year" may barely edge "Little Big League" due to nostalgia and more memorable lines and characters, but "Little Big League's" writing is almost a witty satire on the sports world told from a child's perspective. I recommend both!
E.J. is just a simple man who loves movies. Don't judge.