Total Recall a flawed yet entertaining remake of a classic

Total Recall

Directed by: Len Wiseman

Starring: Colin Ferrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston

With school and work taking up most of my time lately, I haven’t been able to blog as much as I want. When it comes to the new Total Recall I have to say that I really had low expectations and I didn’t expect it to be good because my love for the original, my favorite action movie of all time by the way, really didn’t want me to like this movie at all. I was somewhat surprised by the outcome, not by the actual product but how much I really enjoyed it. I have to say that it is really a bad movie that tried way to hard to be something that it wasn’t but it managed to be somewhat of a Bourne hybrid that is lacking any substance but definitely was visually thrilling and entertaining. Sometimes the special effects managed to be too much and made the film a little more corny than it already was. What I do admire about the movie is the performances, Colin Ferrell manages to lead a pretty grounded performance and Kate Beckinsale definitely is having a blast playing the villain, and an extremely hot one at that. The only thing that bothered me was how criminally underused Byran Cranston was as Cohaagen, I have to say that his performance is by far the best performance in the movie but didn’t last as long as I was hoping. As much as I was hoping to love this movie I knew afterwards that it will never live up to the first film and the biggest flaw of the film is that it doesn’t take place on Mars which really takes away from the overall experience of the film.

Originally adapted by director Paul Verhoeven in 1990, author Philip K. Dick‘s classic sci-fi short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale returns to the big screen in this remake starring Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, and Kate Beckinsale, and directed by Underworld’s Len Wiseman. The planet has been decimated by nuclear war in the late 21st century, leaving only two nations — the United Federation of Britain and the Colony. Douglas Quaid (Farrell) is a factory worker with a stable job and a loving wife (Beckinsale), but upon learning that a company named Rekall could grant him the memory of the ultimate espionage adventure, he decides that a virtual vacation is better than no vacation at all. But in the midst of having the new memories implanted, something goes haywire. Still strapped to the chair as the system breaks down, he’s branded a spy as the authorities close in, and quickly flees for his life. Later, Quaid discovers that he has a secret identity, and he joins forces with rebel soldier Melina (Jessica Biel) on a mission to track down Matthias (Bill Nighy), the head of a fierce resistance movement that’s been labeled a terrorist organization by the tyrannical Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston). Cohaagen seeks to control the entire free world, and now the harder Quaid fights to defeat him, the clearer it becomes that his memory had been altered long before he walked into Rekall.

Though it doesn’t ask the question of what is reality or what is all a dream, like the original did, it ended with everything being happy though for a second I really thought that it was going to end with him waking up in Rekall but it didn’t and ended with Colin Ferrell and Jessica Biel being together somewhat familiar to the end of the original. I feel that this movie had a lot of big ideas that it never live up to but it is still an entertaining action movie that is not as bad as people say it is.

6 out of 10

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