Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Knight Rider (2008)

As pessimistic as I am about remakes and updates, I was drawn to Sunday night's Knight Rider movie/backdoor pilot. There's something about a self-driving, talking car that appeals even as far as technology has come since 1982.

The new Knight Rider is not a retelling of the old story. High-tech mercenaries come after Charles Graiman (Bruce Davison) who built the Knight Industries 2000 (William Daniels's familiar character) for Wilton Knight. Sensing Graiman's death, the Knight Industries 3000 (voiced by Val Kilmer) proceeds on a pre-programmed mission to insure the safety of Graiman's scientist daughter Sarah (Deanna Russo) and enlist the help of Mike Traceur (Justin Bruening), former Army Ranger and Sarah's old flame. Their road trip story of reconnection drove the movie for me.

Would it work as a series? I wouldn't mind the chance to find out.

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