Posted by: steveonfilm | October 24, 2009

Remo Williams

When I was a kid there was a movie on HBO or Cinemax called Remo Williams The Adventure Begins. I thought it was awesome, if only for it’s sweet ass theme music. I had no idea that Remo was a character from a book (The Destroyer series). I just knew he could dodge bullets and otherwise kick ass.

From that day on Remo Williams has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s by no means a bad movie (is was nominated for an Oscar for Best Makeup). It’s not great either, but there is far worse action drivel out there. And hey, it’s got Wilford Brimley in it, and that’s got to count for something.

I think what I find most interesting about Remo Williams, is that it’s just a fun flick. Not everything sticks like it should, and Fred Ward, though awesome in general, doesn’t carry the character like he should. This is a movie that would have done better had it been approached with a tone more like, say, a Bourne movie, or like Taken was (though neither of those existed back then as movies, but you get the idea). It’s slightly tongue and cheek, but still serious at the same time, if that makes any sense. I love this film nonetheless.

It was with a big smile that I stumbled upon an article that said some studio was looking into bringing Remo back to the big screen. This time it looks like they’re going to take a more serious tone, and use The Destroyer title as well. I wish them the best. I don’t think people get sick of watching secret agent movies, be it Jason Bourne, James Bond, Bryan Mills, or Jack Ryan. And I hope Remo Williams ends up in those names as well.

For those curious, here’s a trailer for the original film… and if you’ve got some time and a spot in your Netflix queue, check this out, it’s a lot of fun.

Until next time, keep writing!



  1. I haven’t read the books, but I have to tell you: the last time I watched that movie… I was horribly bored.

    For me, it’s akin to the ‘Unbreakable effect’: spend ALL this time building up how badass a character is (or will be) and yet there’s very little payoff in terms of him really demonstrating how almighty his Shinanju skills are.

    Just my .2

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