First of all, this is a review of the new film of the same name as the original black and white classic.
Taking an honest look at this film, it's not so much a remake as it is a new film that considers some of the same issues, uses some of the same imagery and tries to convey a similar message.
There honestly isn't much I can say about this movie without giving something away, so this'll be a short review. I will, however, tell you what you need to know in order to decide whether it's a film you might enjoy.
The directing, acting and special effects are all very well carried out. I didn't doubt any of the performances or characters for that matter. This film isn't another Independence Day, it's not what I'd consider an action movie though there are some explosions and fantastic sights. The film asks questions and answers a few from a certain point of view that have insulted some reviewers.
This is a film with a few very simple messages that is made to entertain as well as provoke thought and discussion. If that's not your cup of tea, then you shouldn't bother renting it. I personally know a few people who felt very insulted by this movie, and to be honest, I hope they spend a little time thinking about why they found the movie insulting. Open minds won't have any difficulty grasping the point behind the whole film, in fact, they're more likely to be entertained by it than anyone.
I highly recommend this film to anyone with an open mind who is tired of empty spectacle movies. There's plenty of spectacle in this feature, but it has a message and I'm a big sucker for a movie that's trying to tell you something, even if it's doing it in a very blunt, straight forward way.