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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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The Expendables 2, a meaner and more exciting movie than the original

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The Expendables 2

Directed by: Simon West

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Liam Hemsworth, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Randy Couture, Yu Nan, Charisma Carpenter

When it comes to the original I was not the biggest fan, I am also not a fan of when Stallone directs he can be a hit or miss director. The original brought a fun concept to the movie but never really really embraced the ridiculous plot and just had a some great action and hit or miss acting, Dolph Lundgren didn’t hit the mark with his character and was nothing more than a muscle bond drug addict who betrays his team. The new one makes up on loss ground and presents itself as a self aware film that pokes fun at the action heroes that the cast portrayed early in their career and Dolph Lundgren plays his part well this time and at times makes references to his genius level intellect. This time around the actors seemed like they were enjoying themselves much more than in the previous one and had more one-liners that plagued 80’s action movies. The only problem that I noticed was the fact that Arnold was really rusty when it came to his acting, it is probably the few years that he took off of acting to be the governor of California, he has always been an actor that always seemed to be stiff when it came to acting and his scenes show proof of that.

Barney Ross, Lee Christmas, Yin Yang, Gunnar Jensen,Toll Road and Hale Caesar — with newest members Billy the Kid and Maggie aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world.

The opening ten minutes alone make up for the mistakes made in the first one, the action was intense and was well played. It was great to see all the action stars working together to free their target and get out of it alive. The action throughout the movie is also an upgrade, it doesn’t feel choppily edited or rushed. I like that they are continuing bringing in action stars like Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris, both who seem to be enjoying their roles especially Van Damme who plays a pretty good villain by the name Jean Vilain (haha), and even Chuck Norris pulls a Chuck Norris joke which was amusing in itself. The best part of course was when Stallone, Arnold, and Willis all join together to take on a bunch of enemies, something that was teased in the first but comes to together in this film and I couldn’t  be happier with the end results.

I really like the idea and concept of this franchise but the first one is a bit disappointing but what the first one lacked the new one makes up for it. If their is any movie to see this August or to finish off summer this movie is it. It is the last great action movie of the summer and definitely lives up to the hype.

8 out of 10

Two aging action stars make competing in The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head Trailers

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Next year both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone both are releasing major action films in the beginning of the year. Having seen both trailers now I have to say I am more excited for Bullet to the Head than I am for The Last Stand, both seem like great action movies but Bullet to the Head seems like the better of the two. I have always been a fan of both of Arnold’s and Sylvester’s older action films and I feel that both won’t live up to such high standards from First Blood and Terminator but they both look like dumb fun and I intend on watching both, realizing how  each star has aged and still take on such intense roles, that is something that I appreciate about them they never give up on being in the films that brought them fame and still manage to make such movie when their age might  hinder them doing so. Whenever I am in the industry, lets hope that actually happen or my education will be all for nothing, I hope that I can be like them and still put my heart and soul into my project when I am their age.

Bullet to the Head

In the film, a hitman (Sylvester Stallone) teams with a young NYPD detective (Sung Kang) in a high-stakes investigation that leads from dingy back alleys all the way to the power corridors of New Orleans. The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way, willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.

The Last Stand

Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving the LAPD following a bungled operation. Following his escape from the FBI, a notorious drug baron, his gang, and a hostage are heading toward Sommerton Junction where the police are preparing to make a last stand to intercept them before they cross the border. Owens is reluctant to become involved but ultimately joins in with the law enforcement efforts.

Total Recall Trailer

Now what can I say about this film other than AWESOME. I am a huge fan of the original one and it is quite possibly one of Arnold Schwarzenegger and my all time favorite action movie, sorry Die Hard but you are a close second. This time around it looks as though they are focusing more on the original book by Philip K. Dick instead a full on reboot, so in another term a re-interpretation of the novel. With a movie of this caliber and the great actor in front of the camera it may turn out to be one of the best of the year, complete speculation right now, and may actually be a better version of the classic action film. Euroamerica (formerly the United States and the European Union) and New Shanghai (formerly China and South East Asia) fight for political power in the far dystopian future. A simple factory worker suffering from violent nightmares (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy whose memory and personality were erased and replaced — though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on and how important his lost memories will be in its outcome. What matters to him the most is that he must team up with a young female freedom fighter (Biel) in order for both of them to change the political system in their own country, Euroamerica, which is currently controlled by Euroamerican President Vilos Cohaagen (Cranston) and his government that rules with extreme austerity. There is a lot different in this version, including the setting of Mars but that does not bother me it actually makes it better since it is going a different route than the original and it seems like a better setting of a future than can and someday may actually happen.

UPDATE

I still feel that this movie will be good and may be a remake, though unnecessary, may actually turn out to be good. This trailer is able to bring more of a narrative to the already released trailer which focused mostly on the business Rekall and what happen to Douglas Quaid afterwards, this one focuses on what actually happen within the story.