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Total Recall (Remake), Film Review


Borrowing the basic premise of Philip K. Dick’s source story and jettisoning most of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 adap (although the three-boobed hooker makes her expected appearance), Recall introduces us to a future where mass chemical warfare has devastated much of the world.

The two main civilisations that remain are the British Federation (the UK and most of northern Europe) and the Colony. (Australia)
Connecting both civilisations is “The Fall”. A tunnel though the centre of Earth, which a giant “block” runs though on rails like a lift.

Bryan Cranston is the Prime Minister of the British Federation and wants to invade The Colony, with an army of robot soldiers.
Colin Farrell’s a working stiff who, after an abortive visit to memory-implant company ‘Rekall’, learns he’s really a spy sworn to overthrow the government.
Along the way, there’s a love triangle involving Jessica Biel and Beckinsale, who beat each other to a pulp many times. And that’s most of the movie: fistfights and core-of-the-Earth elevator rides.

Total Recall is lacking in story and really does not grab you like the Verhoeven’s film does. However one of it saving graces is the visual. This is where the film stands on it own.

You have to give credit to Len Wiseman for trying to take this story in a different direction, as most remakes are just re-hashes of what came before. However this is the biggest problem with the film as it does not bring anything new that we have not seen in other sci-fi films.

As a remake Total Recall is a complete fail and it fails to capture the same magic that the original ha and is not as thrilling or entertaining.
Saying that if the produces and Wiseman had removed the Total Recall elements from this story it would have been a far better film.

I give this film a 1.5 out of 5

Slacker: [Doug cuts the mobile phone out of his hand] Holy shit. What is that? Where can I get one?


4 responses

  1. I normally don’t prejudge, but that’s about how I was expecting this one to be, that’s why I haven’t wasted my time with it. IMHO, Paul Verhoeven’s film is awesome, there’s no need to remake it 22 years later. Plus, the previews just didn’t look that good.

    Fun fact: no movie that’s a sequel to or remake of a successful Paul Verhoeven film has been a success. This includes the various Robocop sequels and TV series, etc, Basic Instinct 2, the Starship Troopers sequels and the crap they’ve done based off of Total Recall (I think there was also a cable TV series.) Those were Verhoeven’s biggest hits and the sequels/remakes have been major flops. This latest Total Recall is no exception. They spend $125 million on this garbage and it’s grossed nowhere near that. Eventually, somebody may learn and stop trying to cash in on Verhoeven’s successes.

    28/01/2013 at 17:42

    • I doubt that will happen. As long as they think they can cash in on remakes, they will keep doing it.

      As for the Total Recall TV Serise. It only lasted one season. apart from the name it had nothing to do with the original film or short story. It had more in common with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner) than Total Recall. (Most problerby one of the reason why it failed. but it was also very low budget and used stock footage from both films.)

      29/01/2013 at 08:41

  2. The cast and action make this predictable story a whole lot more enjoyable, but it’s still the same, old formula as the original. Except this time, it’s without all of the hilarious Arnie one-liners. Nice review.

    15/02/2013 at 06:07

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