Directed by: Len Wiseman
Starring: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cansten, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4/5
What is real is the question in this action sci-fi thriller that wowed audiences when it first exploded onto the scene back in 1990 with Arnold Schwarznegger and Sharon Stone. This updated version brought to you by Original Films (I know, the irony). There are some significant changes to the story which I believe were made to keep it fresh and entertain the fans of the first film. The only problem with that is mucking around with the storyline that people loved so much the first time. I am a big fan of both films because what they took away from the last film, they certainly made up for with today’s graphics and special effects.
There are some classic lines from the first film that are in there and some that are not, but the feeling is the same and it’s like visiting an old friend. As you may have seen in the previews, the infamous three breasted lady says to our hero “You’re going to wish you had three hands.” Everyone giggled at that, some because it was new and others because it was familiar.
The biggest difference is the setting and the whole audience laughed in the first minute of the film, but I won’t give that away. So our hero is Quaid (Colin Farrell) who is not entirely happy with is life, slumming it up and taking ‘The Fall’ (fancy name for a unique transport system) to his factory job. Life just doesn’t seem to be what he thought it would be and his dreams keep haunting him. More importantly, the dreams occur regularly and they are exactly the same. Quaid becomes interested in a place called ‘Rekall’ where you can implant memories and experience a completely different way of life, sort of like a holiday in your mind. As their marketing campaign says, “We remember it for you.”
In the midst of Quaid’s indecision about attending a session at Rekall, there is political disturbances, the new world isn’t as happy as it could be and the ‘resistance’ is causing quite a bit of trouble for Cohagen (Cransten) and his empire. This is the first time I have seen our ‘Malcolm in the middle’ star play a super serious role and he totally won me over, such a far cry from his goofball antics we are used to on TV.
Mrs. Quaid (Beckinsale) has her usual swift and energetic ‘Underworld’ gait and fits nicely into the role. This is her only production with Director Len Wiseman outside of the Underworld series. They seem to be a good team. Melina (Biel) was a lovely addition to the role and definitely proves herself as material for future action spots.
Visually this film is stunning and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I think it has loads of great content from the original and just enough new content to keep you entertained. Big fans, try not to think of it as the same movie and you’ll enjoy it more and for those that are new to Total Recall, you’ll love it!
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