Inspired by the re-release of 1990s film Titanic, AfterTheMovieReviews.com writer Matthew Liedke takes a look at the 10 films he’d like to see make a theatrical return…
AfterTheMovieReviews.com writer Matthew Liedke struck upon an interesting thought in the light of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’s re-release – what other 1990s films would he like to see making a theatrical comeback?
From Saving Private Ryan to Jurassic Park and Independence Day, the 1990s featured some great cinematic blockbusters that looked and sounded great on the big screen. Wouldn’t it be nice to witness those films in all their glory once more?
For Matthew, the following ten films are his favoured choices for a big screen return…
10. The Fifth Element (1997)
Major scene that would be great in theater: Cab chase scene, battle on the cruise.
This is a sci-fi film that flew a bit under the radar, I only got a chance to see it on the tv screen so I would love to check it out again at a theater. The battle that Bruce Willis has on the cruise ship as well as the great chase scene towards the beginning of the film. It also has a lot of humor going for it too.
9. Goldeneye (1995)
Major scene that would be great in theater: Open scene and the tank Chase.
Goldeneye was my favorite Brosnan Bond era film and one of the best action flicks from the 90s. The scene where 007 goes all around a city with a tank slamming through things would be so much fun to see again. I also loved the story involving 006.
8. The Matrix (1999)
Major scene that would be great in theater: Neo’s fights against Smith, dodging the bullets.
This whole film would be great to see on the big screen. It’s an iconic piece of filmmaking utilizing so many techniques in special effects to make a great action and sci-fi film. Seeing the scenes of Neo breaking into the lobby, dodging the bullets and fighting Agent Smith would be perfect.
7. Terminator 2 (1991)
Major scene that would be great in theater: All of the chase scenes.
This was an easy choice to add to the list being one of the best action films ever made. What Cameron was able to do with effects, especially with the T-1000, made it revolutionary.. The chase scenes were especially fun for example where the T-800 was trying to save John Conner on the motor bike. Seeing it in theaters again would be a treat.
6. Air Force One (1997)
Major scene that would be great in theater: The refueling plane destruction and the dog fights.
I’ve heard some say that this movie is basically a rehash of the original Die Hard, and it does use some ideas from there. That being said, this movie had some political backstory going on which gave a different level of depth which makes it a good movie in it’s own right. It also had some intense action moments, for example when the jumbo jet was trying to get refueled. This is all backed up by the great cast of Harrison Ford, Glenn Close and Gary Oldman.
5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Major scene that would be great in theater: Opening D-Day invasion, final battle.
Saving Private Ryan is already one of the most iconic war films ever and the biggest one to come out of the 90s. The cinematography is fantastic and the story is well paced and structured. A reason to see it on the big screen again though would be for it’s opening scene showing the full scale battle on the beaches of Normandy. The final battle at the bridge would be exciting too.
4. Armageddon (1998)
Major scene that would be great in theater: Launch sequence & city destruction scenes
One of the couple films on my list that gets knocked around for being “stupid,” I think is pure popcorn flick goodness. The launching of the shuttles and them flying around dodging parts of the asteroid as well as the scenes where major cities are hit, plus the scene where the nuke goes off, all of that enough makes for a fun thrill ride. What backs it up is the fun, memorable characters they had in the film. I’d check it out again in a cineplex in a heart beat.
3. Apollo 13 (1995)
Major scene that would be great in theater: Launch sequence & re-entry scene
The incredible true story made for a thrilling film that was well acted by the ensemble cast, that enough would be good to see in theaters again however I would also like to check it out on the big screen for that great launch sequence and the moments in space where they go around the Moon as well as seeing the Earth. The re-entry into the atmosphere would great too.
2. Jurassic Park (1993)
Major scene that would be great in theater: First attack by the T-Rex
Jurassic Park is always a great experience from the wide landscapes with roaming dinosaurs to the first arival of the T-Rex. The visual aspect of Jurassic Park is just as important to the film as the story line. Seeing the raptors and t-rex causing mayhem and hearing the roars in the theater would make for a good time.
1. Independence Day (1996)
Major scene that would be great in theater: City Destruction & dog fights
Yeah Yeah I know, uploading a virus from a laptop operating system onto an alien ship that forgot to update Norton AntiVirus. Despite all of the slaps in the face to science and technology, this film is a lot of fun and seeing it on the big screen again to me would be a very welcomed experience. The dog fights and the city destruction scenes (and Vivica A. Fox) in the theater were great and would be awesome to see and hear in the theater again.
Written and Compiled by Matthew Liedke