TV-14, 170 min.
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Writers: Scott Abbott, James Wong, Ira Levin (novels “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Son of Rosemary”)
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams, Carole Bouquet, Jason Isaacs, Christina Cole, Olivier Rabourdin, François Civil, Rosemarie La Vaullée, Frédéric Pierrot, Féodor Atkine, Oisin Stack
Before I watched NBC’s two-night mini-series event “Rosemary’s Baby”, I wondered what the point of remaking this horror classic could be. After watching it, the question remains. There is no way the filmmakers went into this project without asking themselves the same question, so they must’ve had their reasons. I noticed in the credits sequence that the new version’s star, Zoe Saldana, was listed as one of the movie’s producers along with several other family members. I wonder if they were fans of Ira Levin’s books. I notice the credits cite both the original “Rosemary’s Baby” novel and its sequel.
As for the movie itself, it isn’t terrible. It’s a good effort. There are some good aspects to it, some creepy elements, but it just doesn’t live up to Roman Polanski’s 1968 film. While Saldana is a great actress and she doesn’t really step wrong here, I find that the vulnerability of Mia Farrow in the Rosemary role is just more effective. That’s really what is missing from this version—vulnerability. That’s the main problem with being pregnant. The woman has so much more to protect, so much more to loose. Is there a more vulnerable point in a woman’s life than during pregnancy? Saldana just never seems vulnerable enough.