Road House Has Something Missing

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The new Road House adaptation features so much strife behind the scenes that it almost makes up for the on-screen fighting. Writer R. Lance Hill of the original 1989 movie filed a complaint last month alleging copyright infringement against MGM Studios and its parent company, Amazon Studios, the corporations behind the remake. The remake’s director, Doug Liman, has openly criticized Amazon for releasing the film only on streaming services rather than in theaters.

Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry’s version largely follow the original script. In this retelling of the tale, Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Dalton, a former UFC champion who has encountered hardship. When he receives an opportunity to work as a Road House bouncer in the Florida Keys, he realizes that he has run out of options. He arrives and instructs the other bouncers on how to defuse the violent situations that repeatedly arise among the extremely cruel and inebriated customers of the club.

The Difference From The Original Road House

However, Dalton played by Gyllenhaal comes out as less of a peacemaker than Swayze, and he’s not hesitant to cause problems. A hostile motorcycle gang eventually turns up and begins destroying mayhem inside the Road House. Dalton offers them the option to leave after luring them outdoors. They make fun of him, obviously having no idea what they’re doing.

Gyllenhaal has already portrayed an extremely shredded fighter in the 2015 boxing drama Southpaw. His Dalton is a fairly typical protagonist, replete with a history filled with trauma that keeps him awake at night. However, Gyllenhaal, who consistently infuses his parts as the good guy with a dash of crazy energy, gives those demons a level of believability that belies their appearance.