20 Great Movies Accused Of Being Rip-Offs
The exhaustion of ideas in Hollywood movies is no news nowadays. Most of the time, poor screenwriters have to re-work on an original idea again and again to finish their jobs, these people should be blamed for being lazy and less creative. However, there is an immoral act that often escapes the criticism of the public, that is “smartly borrowing” the plots and characters from little-known cultural sources and claiming it as original.
The movies we are talking about here are not homage films or official remakes, but possible rip-offs. Luckily, these great movies also have their own sparks of originality that are good enough to make them stand on their own feet.
20. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
The Accusation: The characters were allegedly derived from 1990 computer game The Secret of Monkey Island, although what goes around comes around: the game’s creators were themselves influenced by the Disney theme park that Pirates is officially adapted from.
The Spark Of Originality: Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow as a washed-up rock-star of a pirate, more staggering than swaggering.
19. The Hunger Games
The Accusation: The cry of a thousand bloggers earlier this year – it’s just Battle Royale! The novel’s author, Suzanne Collins, denies ever having seen or read the Japanese story about teenagers forced to fight to the death.
The Spark Of Originality: Contrary to popular opinion, Battle Royale wasn’t a reality TV show satire (the events aren’t televised)… and not even similar stories like The Running Man came up with the fiendish conceit of playing for the camera to attract life-saving sponsorship.
The Accusation: Several bloggers noted surprising parallels between the plot of Christopher Nolan’s movie and the Scrooge McDuck comic strip, Dream Of A Lifetime, in which a gang of criminals enter Scrooge’s dreams to discover the combination to his vault.
The Spark Of Originality: The complexity of Nolan’s rules, with its need for architects, forgers and chemists.
17. The Big Lebowski
The Accusation: Most of the Coen brothers’ films are based on something, but the postmodern jokers’ most cleverly disguised pastiche was to structure the Dude’s L.A. adventure along the lines of Raymond Chandler’s noir thriller The Big Sleep.
The Spark Of Originality: The rug – it really ties the film together.