Managed to watch the first few minutes of the US remake last night. Interesting. To me, at first glance, it appeared to be a much better re-make than The Killing (which suffered, to me, from being hugely over-written compared to the original. Too much said, not enough left to be inferred by the viewer) Both, initially, were instantly recognisable if you'd watched the original (even down to Sonya having her handsfree in her ears all the time - which oddly is quite a Swedish thing to do...)
Didn't feel quite as sinister and menacing (and I prefer the original's opening title sequence ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qEaG4Dw3FE
), but if you hadn't watched the original it would have come across pretty well.
The main difference, mechanically, is that both lead characters are speaking the same language. In the original version they speak their own language (as is common in Nordic countries) - which, to me, added something to the show. (Saga speaks Swedish to Martin, Martin speaks Danish to Saga).
Initial readings were that Demián Bichir pretty much instantly captured the character and did a good job matching Kim Bodnia's excellent original characterisation (though Kim is a slightly less "Hollywood" looking actor), whereas Diane Kruger didn't quite have the impact of Sofia Helin. However Sofia's work was pretty amazing - it defined the series. Diane Kruger IS an amazing actress, and I'm sure in isolation her performance is great. However if you've seen the original, comparison is inevitable.
For those who have watched the original and are watching the US remake, is the core plot diverging after the initial body was found? (The ambulance in the opening sequence, which establishes a significant character in the original, was crossing for slightly different reasons - so it was already clear it wasn't a point-for-point remake)Edited by sneals2000 - 9/7/13 at 4:09am