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Too many reviews comparing it to the 1990 film with Arnie. If the Arnie
version was never put out, then everyone would be saying how great this
adaptation really is in it's own merit. (And seriously can you really
say that you would have given the Arnie version a 10 if you saw it
today, come on now).
The action sequences were great. The fighting choreography was good. In all honesty I think Kate Beckinsale is one of the better female action stars out there, I mean she can really kick ass. Well the CG was awesome. The interpretation of the future was well though out. I especially liked that there were cars hovering and not "flying" using a magnetic levitation system (very realistic look into the future of transportation).
The plot was decent, and this is where it loses 1 star. I thought it did a great job adapting Philip K. Dick's science fiction story into it's own. However, I thought that it followed too similar in plot sequence of the 1990 film. It would have been a 10 for me otherwise.
I wished that they could have really gone another way making it a complete mind f*** that would just blow our minds away. They could really had more fun with the memory thing.
Overall, great action film and worth seeing. Just don't compare it to the 1990 film.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I'm a big fan of the first Total Recall and of Kate Beckinsale, so this
remake was an astonishing disappointment. How could they have released
The original screen play was entertaining and contained several plot twists and surprises. This remake changes almost everything about the original story for the worse. There is no Mars, no mutants, and almost no entertainment value in this new version. Practically all clever and memorable scenes in the original movie were either removed or altered.
It's the details that count when making a good film. How could such a big budget production go so terribly wrong? This remake was so boring and generic that I struggled to finish watching it. In contrast, I've watched the original about 5 times and always enjoy it.
The only good thing about this film is that it can be used by film students as the epitome of how not to do a remake. This film is a disaster of shocking proportions and compelled me to write my fist review on IMDb.
As most of everything else nowadays, another action movie with no
chemistry or identity that stole a name of a great production from the
80's in order to make money. Lots of money invested in a movie with no
context. It's hilarious how there is no one out there to make great
scripts like the old times. Is lack or talent or motivation the main
ingredients required to make movies today? What is it that avoids
producers, directors and actors to make great movies and consequently
great money? Sincerely, this decade is far winning the golden globe of
rubbish movies in a decade ever released.
Don't wast your time or money with that!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The first two things that you notice about the remake of Total Recall:
There is no trip to Mars and there are no mutants. The original 1990
Arnold Schwarzenegger film centered its plot within a Martian colony
inhabited by mutated humanoids living in a place both fascinating and
horrifying. Without a cameo by The Red Planet, this new movie stays
earthbound and becomes just a chase picture. Without mutants, how then
do you explain the presence of a three-breasted prostitute? Apparently,
there are some sights we just can't do without.
The 1990 film was, of course, one of Schwarzenegger's best-loved films. It too, was a long chase picture but it had some flair, some goofy comedy, some sense of purpose. This new film is dead serious. It is all chase and very little personality, just as we feel that we are getting close to the characters having a personality, they are interrupted by gunfire, and we're off and running.
Both this film, and the 1990 original are based on a classic 1966 short story "We Can Remember it for You Wholesale" by science fiction legend Philip K. Dick, whose work also inspired Blade Runner. The movie takes place at the other end of this century when the air has become so polluted that most of the earth is uninhabitable. Only two areas of the earth are able to sustain human life, one is Western Europe, now called The United Federation of Britain. The other is the former Australia, now simply called The Colony. People get from one area to the other via a vertical subway train that moves through the earth. How they keep from getting incinerated at the core is never explained.
A soulless government runs the UFB, which has packed so many people into Western Europe that it has become dangerously overdeveloped and overpopulated. There is no longer a sense of architecture, only buildings that seem to be built without a plan. Located within The Colony is a resistance movement bent on overthrowing the oppressive government. The leader of the UFB, a bull-head politician named Cohaagan (Bryan Cranston), is developing a plan to squash the resistance with his robotic invasion force. We see this conflict mostly in brief glimpses on television screens. We hear about it, but never get involved in it.
Within the forbidding landscape of the UFB is Douglas Quaid (Colin Ferrell), a genial good-egg who is married to a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) and works as a construction worker, building Cohaagan's security droids. He is plagued by the fact that his life seems to have no meaning, no purpose, no excitement. That's why an ad for a place called Rekall peaks his interest.
Rekall allows its clients the experience of having memories implanted in their brains that will make their wildest fantasies come true. Against the advice of his best buddy Harry (Bokeem Woodbine), Doug goes to Rekall. Strapped to a chair and about to be put under, it is suddenly revealed that he isn't who he thinks he is. His memory has been replaced by another. His whole life as he knows it is a lie, even his seven year marriage. That's the film's first 20 minutes. The rest of the picture is one long and exhausting chase.
For a picture like this to work, we have to have characters to care about. Ferrell is a good actor but his role consists of so much shooting and running and jumping that we never get to know him. There is none of the fear and panic and confusion that you could imagine going on in his mind, or that Schwarzenegger brought to the original. At Ferrell's side is a resistance agent named Melina (Jessica Biel) whose entire role is to run behind Ferrell and save him when not being saved herself. The deeper mystery of the original story, which toyed around with whether or not this was all a dream, is contained in one effective scene in which Harry tries to convince Doug that he is asleep in a chair at Rekall and that all he needs to do to wake up is shoot Melina. After that, we continue the chase and the whole dream plot is more or less abandoned.
Without characters to care about, our attention focuses on the special effects, which are expertly crafted if not all that memorable. Do you remember the Schwarzenegger film? Remember the X-ray machine? Remember the fingernail polish pen? The "two weeks" lady? The Johnnycab? Those were exciting special effects because they were at the service of creating a future world of ideas and possibilities. Those effects were so remarkable that the Academy decided that year to forgo the Visual Effects category at the Oscars and give the film the award out right.
This new film isn't nearly that special. There are some impressive sights. Most of the technology is made up of digital holograms and implants, the most impressive being a phone that is implanted into the palm of your hand that can be answered by touching a pane of glass. Another is a skyway packed with flying cars which offers up the film's most impressive action scene. But there is so much to the effects and the set decoration and so little to the story that you feel that this was a wasted opportunity. It is a well-made film, but ultimately it is a film that you will - I'll say it - soon forget.
**1/2 (out of four)
I wasn't expecting much from this movie at the start. I had not watched
the original movie (with Arnold Schwarzenegger) so I didn't really know
what the story was. I was expecting an overdose of action and a
I was pleasantly surprised by Colin Farrel's acting. I feel he has really improved as an actor and I thought the chemistry between him and co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel was great. The action sequences were fun to watch and exciting. Fast paced action sequences kept me refreshed and the stunning Kate Beckinsale, who you may know from 'Underworld' and 'Van Helsing', nailed the antagonist role.
The director, Len Wiseman, who previously surprised by making 'Live Free or Die Hard' a fantastic action film, has once again done his job well. The storyline was clear and made sense, which was more than what I had expected. I admit that it could have been better, because the climax was kind of dull compared to the rest of the movie, but definitely worth the watch.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The original Total Recall was challenging (and campy) fun, the remake
is still fun, even if it takes itself a lot more seriously. Many people
will see the trailer for this "remake" and see nothing but another
overly cgi infected money grab, and it just isn't that at all. There's
tons of fresh ideas included in this supposed remake, so don't let
yourself be swayed by the abundance of camera flairs.
The story is well known to people who have seen the original, or read the short story, but if you haven't seen the original I'd still recommend this version. Rapid fire story telling and plot twists for every bullet, this movie and story, are never dull. People might be jaded by the original film, but this story, even if "redone" is still thought provoking and well told here. Also the characters make more sense, and are better performed, by the entire cast. Farrel plays the confused hero as good as any, Biel supports strongly, and Beckinsale is sexy and lethal as the villain.
The action sequences are plentiful and lots of fun to watch. The cinematography helps greatly as well, with camera angles and shots that you probably haven't seen yet... in any film. From fist fights, shootouts, and hover car chases, this movie will keep your eyes focused and filled. The cgi is also top notch, some might say "it's just the city from blade runner", but saying anything is completely original in todays films is a gross over statement, and not just the city, but the weapons, robots, tech, cars, and even the infamous three breasted beauty have never looked better.
You might be one of many that tell themselves no to ever remake that comes out, and yes, there's a whole lot of them, but this isn't one you should miss, not if you like action, sci fi, good effects, and yes, a story that makes you think, keeps you interested and guessing, and characters you can relate to, even under such circumstances.
As a remake or even as an original film this movie sucked, I was
literally dozing off less than an hour in during one of the many chase
scenes. This is the summary of the movie to save you time: Chase scene,
5 minutes of dialogue, chase scene, a little more dialogue, fight
scene, chase scene, repeat until the end.
What a waste of 125 million. Hollywood blows money on worthless cgi effects and big named actors and completely forgets to hire good writers and focus on a good story. Instead we get this tiring cliché of a movie that's plagued with overdone cgi, too many fight/chase scenes and absolutely no soul. This doesn't even deserve 1 star.
I watched Total Recall today and was absolutely disgusted at the post
production standard but more about that later. The storyline was pretty
weak, no character development to speak of. Kate Beckinsale is best
suited to playing a vampire which was pretty disappointing as she can
shine when she truly wants to but as Farrell's arch nemesis, nope did
not work at all. Jessica Biel was the "star" of the show as she was
true to form with her normal 2 star lackluster performance for which
she is noted, so no surprises there. Farrell's performance reminded me
a lot of his Bullseye role in Daredevil in which no one ever figured
whether he was happy, sad, angry or just bored. In this movie he was
spot on with the same sort of devoid emotions. Pretty reminiscent of
Miami Vice which was a great movie due to its good direction and
excellent post work but Farrell tries a little too hard in every single
movie he stars in. Please take a lesson or 2 from Cruise or Banderas
about being natural. The most appalling aspect of this movie besides
its lack of depth and shallow storyline etc etc was the post work. I am
a professional visual effects supervisor, director, editor and DOP and
have never ever seen such unnecessary use of flares in any movie..not
ever. This was actually distracting and totally unnecessary. I counted
off the flare shots and lost count after 40. Not a light source in
sight yet a flare would show up on screen. Was this supposed to be a
very long music video? I wish I could get hold of the director and
voice my opinion.
1 out of 10...watch this only if you are being forced to...at gunpoint...
I just came back from watching this awful movie and let me just say it was a total waste of time and and insult to the original. No story line and for god sake adding a touch of Australia when referring to down-under as a colony would have been a little respectful to the country. The colony felt like hongkong ... well what can be expected from some American director who made such hideously mind numbing movie. Also, I think it was made for Kate Beckinsale, by her husband, as in not one scene did she look unattractive, despite of the grotesquely never ending action scenes, and Jessica Biel looks not so attractive in most of the scenes. Sorry for venting as this movie gave me a massive headache.
Has the world gone mad. Has Hollywood decided that bad is now good. Are
we all now living in an alternate reality. Will dogs and cats start
Basically I'm lead to these conclusions based on the continual re-emergence of Colin Farrell in lead roles. There are two possible reason for this.
Hollywood Producer A: "Hey lets sling a film together, not something original, just a rehash of a classic."
Producer B: "humm...good idea. Colin Farrell is cheap and will do anything."
Producer A: "I want to destroy the originality in film making. Why! (He says rhetorically) Because originality is difficult and risky, that's why. (He says replying to his own rhetorical question)"
Producer B: "Who can we get to deliver such a mesmerising, just missing the point of everything, kind of a performance?(Short pause) There is only one man... Colin Farrell."
There may be other reasons. Please send answers on a postcard to:
Reasons why Colin Farrell gets lead roles, Fictitious Address 395, Loudfartington, LF19 421
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