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I managed to watch total recall a couple of days back, and have watched
it a second time. The reviews I've read so far reveals how many are
comparing this to the 1990 movie staring Arnie.
Well, there are many differences in these two movies and if you want to truly enjoy this remake, you have gotta forget bout the original one. Try not to compare Arnie with Farrel and Beckinsale with Sharon Stone.
Graphically, Total Recall is beautifully crafted with good CGI work. It makes you wonder how believable the place is. It paints a future of the world where only two 'countries' exist while the majority of the Earth have become inhabitable. The difference in these two countries is vast and both of them looks amazing.
Collin Farell acting here is good but not worthy of any awards though Kate Beckinsale was amazing. She was definitely the best actor in this movie, hands down. The guy who played Cohagen was average a best. The other actors seemed blend and no one really stood out.
I have watched the original Total Recall and i have to say that these remake is slighty better. It feels more epic, saving a country seems more intense than saving a bunch of people living on Mars. The notion 'What is real' works well in this movie, especially in one of the scene in the hotel lobby i believe. What this movie lacks as compared to the original was a lack of witty lines. Arnie had some witty one-sentence line whereas Collin was pretty much serious throughout.
Total Recall started out great but by the time it hits the 60-80mins mark it starts to become a mindess action movie and it was pretty much predictable after that.
All in all, Total Recall is a great movie for someone who has never watched the original. I would give a rating of probably 7-8 out of 10.
Okay, a few years ago I rewatched the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Paul Verhoeven version of Total Recall and gave it 10 stars. So I just now watched the Colin Farrell-Kate Beckinsale-Jessica Biel version and while I still prefer the previous version, this one wasn't so bad either. I mean, there are hardly any one-liners that Arnold did like that "divorce" line he gave to Sharon Stone then but there is still that dangerous edge that the original had that made this a worthy remake to watch. And the ending also provided a different twist than that of the original so that was also a good thing for me. So to make comparisons, I still prefer the Arnold version but this Total Recall gets a recommendation from me as well.
Based on the majority of negative reviews, I expected a quite horrible
movie and wasn't sure if I should bother to watch it in the first
place, but I'm glad I did. I've watched the original Total Recall movie
two days ago, so I can compare fresh memories of both. If you expect
this to be a visually updated movie with a similar feel to the
original, you will be disappointed. It shares the core idea, but goes
an entirely different way of creating a world around it. If you on the
other hand love well-designed (believable) future sci-fi technology,
this movie should be right up your alley.
Yes, the story is something you can write on the back of a napkin, but personally this didn't bother me at all. The visual design is very well done and the world feels like a solid piece - the technology that is being shown is carefully designed, too.
Some people have compared the visual style of the movie as a bad combination of things like Deus Ex, Bladerunner, I Robot and such, but it is more than that and more importantly not a random patchwork of conflicting ideas, but a movie with it's own, distinct feel to it. I can agree with the critics that complain that the main characters are rather insignificant and the way the story is being told lacks depth, but I didn't watch this movie to see great character-development in the first place. There are other movies for that (like the original).
Also other reviews point at the scenario of being on the run all the time as a bad thing without ever giving the audience a chance to catch a breath - well it's true that you'll have to be quick about catching your breath, but on the plus-side you will see a lot of different places in a short time and don't get bored. This might not be what everybody likes, of course.
The ending is satisfying as well so I'll give this movie 9 out of 10 points - but have to point out that I'm a reviewer that cares more about technology than actors (even though they weren't that bad!) and main story in this movie.
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I'm shocked by the wave of negative feedback Total Recall has received.
I had an objective experience when viewing the film; I refused to see
the original. Taken at face value, this is an action filled blend of
the best aspects of many great action films of the past 15 years. I
highly recommend watching it, even paying to see it on the big screen
before it comes out on DVD.
The best films and TV shows begin with a disoriented main character with no idea what's transpiring around him (LOST, Bourne Identity, Walking Dead, etc.). It puts the character and the viewer on the same basic level, so that as the viewer tries to figure out what's going on, so is the character. In Total Recall, disorientation of Farrell and the viewer is a constant. Many reviews I've read complain about this, claiming it creates a poor plot, leaves too many questions, and opens too many doors for interpretation. I think that is exactly what makes the film so great. Just like with the spinning top at the end of Inception and the arguments it spurred: Which parts of the film are 'real' and which are rekall?
Total Recall takes the identity crisis of Jason Bourne, the enemy-robot-filled-future of iRobot, the unintentional betrayal of Terminator Salvation, the 'There is no spoon' concept of the Matrix, the Shutter Island question of 'Is the main character lying to himself?', the reality/dream dilemma of Inception, the masks of Mission Impossible 2, and the 'who can you trust?' of any James Bond film and rolls them into one movie. The result is an extremely entertaining film with incredible graphics, fast-paced plot, and the ability to keep you guessing throughout.
Many critics complain about the film being just like the original while others whine that it didn't have enough of the Arnold version. It's a remake. Some things will be better, some will be the same, some will be worse. Independent of the original, I give Totall Recall 8/10 stars and can't wait to see it again.
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I do enjoy a good scifi movie and I was willing to give this remake of
the very enjoyable Schwarsengegger-helmed 1990 version a whirl because
of that. Well, it turned out to be one clunkers of the year (to me at
Instead of going to Mars, where a stranglehold on a precious mined mineral makes Cohaagen (the big cheese) create a tyrannical rule over the inhabitants of that planet by rationing air, the deal here never leaves Earth. How boring. We are supposed to believe that some chemical war wiped out pretty much every country on the planet except for Britain and the continent of Australia (though neighboring places like New Zealand or France got whacked and far more distant land masses like Hawaii in the center of the Pacific are unlivable...it's so absurd it's asinine). The Cohaagen in this movie (played by Bryan Cranston) wants to take over what's left of the livable space by doing some major housecleaning of the existing population of "the colony" (Australia) because things have gotten packed pretty tight in Britain. There's a whole lot of gunfire throughout this flick and things getting blown to hell and those bits seem to serve the purpose of covering up the severe lack of interesting plot. Colin Farrell is the Quaid/Hauser character, and while he's a great actor, he just didn't do justice to this role. A tougher dude would've been more believable in the role of a sleeper agent like Hauser. The awesome Bill Nighy is in this movie but his character is sadly underused.
What IS good is the casting of Cranston as Cohaagen (he plays him as such a scumbag that it's hard to connect Bryan with his other roles like the comedic Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, where he was hilarious). A truly talented man. Also good were Kate Beckinsale as cunning viper Lori, and Jessica Biel, who as good gal Melina, is really making a nice niche for herself as a kick ass heroine type.
So, while there are several remakes which are pretty decent (The Italian Job or Ocean's Eleven, for instance), there are crappy ones too, like Escape From Witch Mountain or this silly movie. Wait for it to come to cable if you're curious cause it's just not what it could've been.
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Total Recall (U/A)------------Rating: 1.5/5 POOR
*It is an action sci-fi movie which gets bored with more action sequences..... *BGM and visual effects were appreciated and was done well...
- Story is confusing and un-understandable and gets complicated.. - Direction was not awesome....
The movie is very bad ......
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.
It is difficult to believe this is from the same guy who did the fantabulous Underworld: Rise of the Lycans series. To give it its due, it is visually imaginative, but even so comes across as a series of live-stage set-pieces written & designed by highschool students, or, at best, by a Freshman in a film theory course who mistakenly thought his adolescent "thinky" thesis on the meaning of cinema would be really cool read out loud by a series of over-the-top kitschy characters. I tried to embrace the visual imagination & experimentation, but without an story with even a minimum of coherence, the film becomes increasingly boring with each "ain't-i-clever" set-change. I knew it would be rubber dolls and in this case, shoddy CGI Bladerunner ripoffs, as that was the trend with most filmmakers at the present time. .
This is basically a cooler version of the one with Arnold
Schwarzenegger in it. Now some audiences and critics might bash on this
movie cause just about every twist and turns you will see it coming if
you seen the original. Well for me it's been quite a long time ago
since I seen the original so I was fresh walking into this movie. Now
this lacks anything psychologically thrilling and anything really
emotionally driven. And also lacks the feeling that something major is
at stake. Something major is at stake but it just doesn't feel like it.
But it does have some cool and stylized action and chase sequences that
Len Wiseman is known for doing. This movie is basically a mash between
"The Fugitive" cause it's about a guy on the rune while trying to
outsmart the authority. "Blade Runner" because of the environment and
"Equilibrium" because of the action and fighting against a corporation
that tries to enforce false realities. And maybe a little of "Fifth
Element". But like I said it just lacked the psychological thrills or
anything emotionally driven like some of these movies. Colin Farrell is
alright in this and Jessica Biel is good and believable as a rebel. She
is just attractive and believable while playing the tough chick that
fights for what she believes in. But the main show stealer is Kate
Beckinsale, she is just badass. She may not be a very developed
character but her presence on screen is just charismatic and likable,
yeah she is one of the villain in this but she is likable. Because she
plays the badass villain in a charismatic and cool fashion. It was nice
to see Bryan Cranston in this as well. What it comes down to is a
unintelligent popcorn flick that mashes a lot of sci-fi stuff together
but it's entertaining to watch.
When the original Total Recall came out, it had a lot of really cool special effect, a truly engaging storyline, some of the hottest actors/actresses in the business, and was basically a decent movie. Years later some dumb ass producers and some brain dead director thought it would be a good idea to remake this movie and market it to the 2012 movie goers. Lets hire some decent actors, some hot babe actresses, get a flunky to rewrite the script and by the way don't even remotely follow the original script that was a success, these brain dead idiots thought they should rewrite the story so it would make no sense to anyone who has half a brain and tries in vain to watch and understand a fraction of what he or she is watching. So that all being said I ask you this, would you consider this a good idea? Would you spend your hard earned money to watch this crap? Is your life so void of any measure of worth that you would waste 2 hours of whatever time you have left on earth watching this trite? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then quit sniffing those paint flumes, put down the crack pipe, get a day pass from the sanitarium you reside in and enjoy. For the rest of us, carry on and forget about it.....
The 1990's version of Total Recall was a solid sci-fi adventure despite
of its silly moments, especially the remarkable scene when Arnold
Schwarzenegger's eyeballs are popping out. But those unhinged moments
are the reason why the first film is so charming. This remake tries to
be more serious and wants to take away the silliness from the first
film. The result is it looks cool. It looks so cool, it looks like that
is the only ambition of the movie. Anything else is just bland
characters and a series of chases, and action. When it becomes
suspenseful, it fails to deliver the tension. Total Recall seemingly
doesn't care about anything else but to play around the futuristic
world that is set in.
It's a total gloss. The film is nothing but a series of action set pieces and cool looking visuals. The world of the film looks intriguing but we don't get to know much of it. We know its origins and nothing else. Aside of its Blade-Runner-esque world, the story is still there, but it loses focus by the overlong sequences of action. There's nothing wrong with too many action, except if you don't care about the characters, you wouldn't feel the thrill and just watch these soulless beings run.
The characters are incredibly bland. Colin Farrell ends up being a boring generic hero. Kate Beckinsale is just doing her action swagger. Bryan Cranston is the only one who is fun to watch among the cast. The rest, Bokeem Woodbine and John Cho are both pretty awkward with their short roles. The worst is Jessica Biel who basically embraces the blandness of the script. She may not be the right one for this role but she could've at least gave some personality to the character.
For its fan service, the film recaptures some scenes from the original, but they're just there. It doesn't make any difference. There are scenes that tries to be suspenseful, but they somehow fail to work because, once again, the looks has more attention. Its fortitude is replaced by the excessive amount of shoddy lens flares. The only merit here now is the visuals. They sure look good even though we've seen most of them before. It's still pretty eye candy.
To be honest, I'm actually optimistic about this remake, but unfortunately, it is really disappointing. It does succeed to be less sillier than the original but it is also less interesting. Too much action and explosions may sound fun, but most of it is just stale and empty. Years from now, if someone mentions this title, people will still recall Schwarzenegger's unhinged performance and the fun from the original. Total Recall could have been a good remake if it cares more to the story's idea than throwing away all the CGI effects on screen.
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