Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
I actually saw it twice in two days (my girlfriend really wanted to see it too). I thought it was excellent. Matt Damon played the role of a poor kid wanting to be better very well. I thought it was a great movie but the movie snobs can say what they want.
As a side note, I love the people who, no matter what, always state that the original (usually European) was better. As if somehow seeing Insomnia in the original norweigan (which I have seen, btw) was just an incredible experience and the crass American version is unadulterated crap. Not to say that the original isn't sometimes better, but give the superiority complex a rest sometimes, guys.
I haven't seen the original (and didn't even know there was one) but I think your comment about movie snobs suffers from the same stereotyping flaw you accuse them of. Darkoak provided two very relevant, and in my opinion quite valid, reasons why the HK version is better. You may disagree but he did not trash the US version in a knee-jerk reaction simply because it's a remake.
Frankly, the idea that both leading characters would be involved with the same woman is quite laughable. Scorcese loses big marks in my book for that one and the movie would certainly have been better without that idiotic plotline, hence the HK version may well be better all else being equal.