Judging from all the reboots, remakes and re-imaginings flooding the cinemas as of late, it would seem that Hollywood either thinks us moviegoers have terrible memories, or they're running low on ideas the latter seems more likely. This film is a remake of the much-beloved 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which in turn was based on a book by revered science fiction author Phillip K Dick. The book's title? We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, which the filmmakers seem intent on making into reality. To add insult to injury, the studio behind this one is named... Original Film.
Delivery Man doesn't inspire a whole lot of confidence - everything about its publicity campaign suggests that this is yet another frat-boy comedy built around Vince Vaughn's arrested-development screen persona. This time, he isn't crashing a wedding or getting an internship at Google: he's fathering 533 kids! It sounds terrible, but actually isn't - at least in its first half, which is an interesting, emotionally powerful look at the notions of fatherhood and responsibility. It's actually a shame that the film stumbles as determinedly as it does into its uncomfortably cheerful ending.
Although not quite matching up to the brilliance of The Conjuring, this sequel still delivers with satisfying scares, a breakthrough performance by the young Wolfe and a vivid retelling of not one but two horrifying house hauntings for the price of one horror movie ticket.