The 2009 remake of Friday the 13th was directed by Marcus Nispel. To me, this is one of the better film’s in the Friday the 13th franchise and it is also definitely the most unnecessarily hated.
The first positive aspect of this film is the cast. While there were no spectacular performances, the acting was definitely far superior compared to other Friday the 13th films. There were some scenes that had laughable acting, however no where near as many as the original movies. I also really enjoyed seeing Derek Mears as Jason Voorhees. His character specifically faces the most backlash from any of these movies. Everyone states how he isn’t acting how he should be as he is setting traps, kidnapping people, and running around which is unlike the Jason that we know. Personally, I think that they did an amazing job in expanding how Jason acts as he has evolved to become a very smart killer. I don’t understand all of the hate surrounding Jason in this film at all. The movie also featured some pretty good kills. We have mostly seen all of them before, but they weren’t afraid to show some gore. The final positive is that the movie just looks a lot better than all of the previous films. The cinematography was done fairly well, and aesthetically it was just a lot more pleasing to watch than the original films.
The only mixed aspect to this movie for me is that it seemed somewhat too long. Even though it was only 1 hour and 45 minutes I still found myself checking the time. They probably could have cut a good 10 minutes out, but in the end it isn’t a huge deal.
The huge negative to this movie in my opinion is that there is just way too much time spent on sex. I know that it is a Friday the 13th movie, so I did expect for there to be some sex, however it is just constantly presented non-stop. Time after time we just end up seeing people have sex and eventually it just goes too far. I watch movies for an entertaining story, not to see a bunch of people have sex. So that aspect of the film was fairly disappointing to me.
In the end, I don’t really understand why so many people heavily dislike this film. We get to see basically just a new and improved movie with a very menacing Jason who is a lot more violent than in the original films. If you are a fan of the Friday the 13th franchise then I would definitely recommend this movie as long as you don’t write it off before it even starts. It’s not a great movie, but it does offer some good entertainment.
Rating- 6.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness.
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