I have never seen the original French (or Dutch) film and after reading Ebert's horrible biased review I don't think I ever will. This definitely stands on its own feet and F*** anyone who says otherwise. Jeff Bridges, Jack Bauer, and Sandra Bullock all live up to their fame... And Nancy Travis is just as bad as she always is. Nonetheless, this film just falls short of greatness because of the direction, which ironically is from the same filmmaker of the first one. Since they were remaking it, they should've gotten a more visually exciting filmmaker to helm this project. Alas, it looks like Scorsese's awful "Cape Fear" which did little to actually build tension or be suspenseful in any way. But despite the lifeless direction, Bridges and Sutherland are perfectly cast and truly carry the whole film on their shoulders without fail.