I found an old comment I made on imdb.com about this great movie.
I don’t want it to get lost so I am copying it here.
I know some people are complaining that this is just a simple commercial remake, a sorry mistake for Scorsese.
That’s wrong on so many levels. There are just a few movies better than Cape Fear.
De Niro’s performance in the end of the movie will haunt me forever.
The entire ending is extraordinary dramatic, it’s explosive. I am placing this movie right next to the Taxi Driver in the entire career of these god like creatures that were made for each other, De Niro and Scorsese.
Each image in this movie is so powerful, the script has some fine twists, everything is good enough for you to see it a couple of times after you think you’ve seen it enough times already. It breaks my heart to see films like Lord of the rings entering the IMDb’s top 250 so quickly scoring almost nine points and a real good film like Cape fear having to wait in the shadow with a rating of 7.1 just cause a large number of Americans think “they’ve seen it the first time around and it wasn’t that good”.
Of course, the script is the same, there is nothing new for you to see.
Unless you understand what a DIRECTOR can really do.
While De Niro sinks along with the boat mumbling some strange incantation Scorsese pushes the entire movie history into another dimension.