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Just not the same...
I have to start out by saying that I enjoyed the original series immensely. While the American adaptation is decent and enjoyable, the obvious changes that have been made to suit an American audience range from "ok, nice change of pace" to "this is completely ridiculous and awful".
William H. Macy, while a fine actor, is no match for David Threlfall who really shined as Frank Gallagher. Some of the other characters do really well in their roles, but for the most part no one stands up to the original cast with the exception of Cameron Monaghan, who represents Ian just as well as his predecessor. Justin Chatwin does a fine job as Steve, but gets caught up in some extremely cheesy renditions. James McAvoy held the part by the reigns! Sorry Justin, tough role to beat. I won't even go into how disappointed I am in some of the other new actors portrayals. Let's just say that in my opinion, they are downright awful. Also, some of the new actors are hands down better looking than the original cast, perhaps at the cost of quality acting?
I don't remember Kash and his wife being religious in the first series. Just normal people who are Muslims. While Kash is not seemingly portrayed as religious, there seems to be a large emphasis on his wife being so with mention of bringing the kids to the Mosque and parents and etc... So what? Why the overt emphasis? Is it really necessary? Is this something that needed to be laid out for the American audience? Get over it America.
I've pretty much given up after 5 episodes. Although this series could take a turn for the better, I am done. Overall, the US version is enjoyable, but nothing compared to the first series. Do yourself a favor and check out the original.
Post Apocalyptic Films Have Returned With A Vengeance
Post Apocalyptic Films Have Returned With A Vengeance This film really surprised me. Besides The Road, I have not seen a better post apocalyptic film thus far. Pandorum is set on a space ship in the future where crew members awake with no recollection of their past, where or who they are. Pandorum contains excellent acting, excellent special FX (no bad CGI)and a script that will not reveal anything until the end. Ben Foster has let me down in the past with shoddy films (like Alpha Dog)but his acting is always top notch. Just as good as 3:10 To Yuma this is by far one of his best roles. This is one excellent film! It really kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the film. Highly Recommended 9 out of 10 stars!