I was brought up on the original movie which came out in 1976. It had some heavy hitting actors starring in it like Gregory Peck. I just noticed that it actually won an Academy Award for best music. It DID have great dramatic music. I wasn't expecting much from the re-make. Not only was it a horror movie, but it was a horror movie which I had already seen! I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't a great movie, but I was entertained. It remained extremely faithful to the original. Too faithful, in fact. I knew what was going to happen next, so there were no great surprises. The updates to history were sort of interesting. They managed to incorporate 9/11, the Columbia disaster, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the Indonesian tsunami into the plot. So overall, good mindless entertainment.
At the very end of the movie during Damian's parents funeral, a person who is supposed to be the President of the USA (seen from behind) takes Damian's hand and says something to the effect of "I'll take care of you." or "Everything will be alright." I blurt out, "I shall call you...mini-Cheney." I had people almost crying with laughter.
In another scene when Damian's mother gets killed by lethal injection, if you can watch that scene without whistling the song from "Kill Bill," you are a much stronger person than I.