CBS Drama ‘True Lies’ Is an Argument to Never Remake Anything Again
It’s been 13 years since the news first break about the television adaptation of True lie, by James Cameron The 1994 action-comedy blockbuster. That movie, about a secret agent who inadvertently lures his humble wife into his secret identity — thereby rekindling their stalled marriage — was a bombastic and exhilarating film about the spy genre, led by two dedicated actors from Arnold Schwarzenegger And Jamie Lee Curtis.
At best, it defines ’90s sex appeal, and at worst, it has some very quirky jokes and plots about religious extremism and terrorism. There’s a lot to fix for another era and new audiences.
But after more than a decade of anticipation, the series was serialized True lie redo to sans any high or low score. Instead, this new mission was dumped on our doorstep with all aspects of it smoothed into an incredibly tedious pure TV conduction block.
The series, which premieres March 1 on CBS, certainly has enough for it. Its cast is talented enough, and its effects team is the game to elevate the concept of super-tech espionage we rarely see anymore in this era. Daniel Craig’s stone-faced James Bond. However, somehow the spark remained completely unlit.
True lie creating a shortage of sexual chemistry, it’s almost as if the writers aren’t sure if the series will end in prime time or on Nickelodeon. Inexplicably, it takes everything the original movie got right and throws it off the pilot’s side of a helicopter. Cameron’s film capitalizes on Schwarzenegger’s personality as a goofy, likable but sometimes incompetent guy. Paired with Curtis—who had begun to shed the image of a screaming helpless queen with roles in action movies like green steel—the two actors create chemistry that’s realistic and romantic enough to give weight to Cameron’s outrageous premise.
Water down the television, the True lie the series breaks down the ’90s drama special and replaces it with stale parenting jokes and confusing action-free sequences. The result is a strangely cleaned up effort that squandered a lot of potential in favor of one of the weirdest robot remakes in recent memory—and perhaps, never.
In this sterile reproduction, audiences once again meet Harry and Helen Tasker, now played by Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga. The plot is basically the same as Cameron’s movie: A super spy, working for a top secret organization called Omega Sector, is having a hard time finding a work-life balance. Harry keeps leaving for last-minute “sales conferences” and his wife, fed up, suspects Harry of cheating. So, in an emergency, Harry invites Helen to accompany him on a mission to Paris, calling it a much-needed vacation. Suddenly, unexpectedly, Harry’s cover is blown away when the enemy finds him and Helen together.
At the end of the series premiere, True lie basically covered the entire narrative background that Cameron’s script did. After Helen joins Harry for the remainder of the mission, she is interviewed by Omega Sector and hired as a spy, much like Curtis at the end of the original film. One might think this would make for an exciting new land-covering TV adaptation, weaving in and out of glamorous cosmopolitan locations and stopping the goofy, world-threatening villains. gender.
Except, there’s only one problem: True lie works so well as a movie because it encapsulates itself in a short, long running run. Left to mine the underlying plot for any lingering excitement, the writers struggled with concocting something remotely compelling, let alone coherence. This leaves the main cast going around, twirling their thumbs and trying their best to create anything different from the premise of a tedious series.
joy of True lie is said to have stemmed from tracking Helen, who, once completely unaware of the constant danger her family was in, captures her husband’s secret identity while attempting to use any What skills does she have to get out of danger. In the film, Curtis plays Helen with a truly brilliant lack of understanding, oscillating between anger and shock, but ready to adapt at every turn. While Gonzaga is a worthy clone, she’s bound by the scripts and character beats that fundamentally misunderstand what makes Helen so appealing. Everything comes too easy for Gonzaga’s Helen, and it’s hard not to roll your eyes as she instantly takes down the villains with moves from home kickboxing and yoga workouts.
But at least Gonzaga is making an effort. Howey, on the other hand, seems completely out of place as her partner. The only part of him that counts as “spy” is his muscular build, as if casting directors only put “Schwarzenegger-style” on their call boards and go with the first person to walk in. room. Howey, who played a faint seducer on Reba and a surprisingly gentle bar owner who showed off his sex appeal on Shameless, should be completely adept at playing the ridiculous spy. But True lie didn’t let him do anything but point a fake gun. The rest of his time was spent staring helplessly at Gonzaga, the two actors silently trying to figure out how they got entangled in this genderless mess.
True lie It could at least be a movie worth watching if it does produce some absurd espionage, harking back to the days of its cinematic predecessor, when gizmos and gadgets were both in vogue. But these might be the dullest people ever to get their hands on poison darts. Spy technology is thrown around in True lie with little or no explanation for its use, and then dropped almost immediately. Either that, or it’s poorly crafted, leaving the viewer completely off the story as it emerges. At one point during the premiere, a CGI retina scanner shoots out from the elevator’s control panel, looking like some sort of abomination from the very beginning. Spy Children movie. Things just evolved from there.
Sometimes, a completely unprecedented style choice will suddenly appear, causing viewers to blink repeatedly, trying to figure out what the hell just happened. One commercial ends with a shot from inside the refrigerator. Or, a clip will suddenly start playing full screen, set to weirdly sexy music. In fact, that music is the only sexy thing here. While it’s unfair to expect a cable adaptation to mimic the eroticism of some R-rated movie, it’s hard not to miss that bountiful energy from Curtis’s iconic striptease. Nothing hot ever happened here. The writers seem more concerned with how Harry and Helen will replace their broken dishwasher than they do with any physical intimacy.
Even after a few episodes of True lie, there’s still not a single story through for viewers to grasp. Unlike the original Cameron film, the show doesn’t offer much of a reward. Howey and Gonzaga were unable to elicit any perceptible natural chemistry between Schwarzenegger and Curtis, and the series didn’t want them to either. It would rather keep throwing them into the same remastered studio setting and call it Paris in one scene and Austria in the next, expecting the audience to fill in the blanks.
No fun, no thrill, and no sex. Damn, hardly any lies! Instead, what we were faced with was a criminal, wooden algorithmic remake without an original idea to fend for itself. Is it too late to cancel this quest?
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