Total Recall Review
When it was first heard about the remake of the original Total Recall, most people were pretty skeptic about it and thought it was just a cash-grab. For the same reasons, actually, i went into the theater with pretty low expectations, although i hadn’t seen the original. Turns out, that the remake had enough differences from the original, and with the help of modern computer technolgy, it is pretty good.
Instead of doing the same thing with the Mars station from the 1990 movie and Philip K. Dick’s story, they have chosen an entirely set on Earth plot. Long story short, after World War III, there are only two habitable places on opposite sides on Earth - the United British Federation (shown to be the north-western part of Europe) and The Colony (shown to be in Australia). The two ends of the world are connected by a bridge, called ‘The Fall’, which transports the citizens of The Colony to the UBF, where they work. However, there are political wars between the UBF and the Resistance, and the Colony is blamed for the terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, Douglas Quaid has the same dream every night. Dreams where he does something that matters, rather than having a boring job at an assembly line. He hears about this Rekal place, where they can give you the right memories to make you live your life the way you want it to be. All in your imagination. But when he goes there and starts the procedure, everything goes horribly wrong.
Having seen the trailers and press releases, which all had the tagline: ‘Is it real? is it recall?’, i thought i was up for an Inception-like story which would make my mind buzzing. And while it tried, and somehow succeeded, it didn’t have those mindfuck moments that Inception had. There were moments when you started thinking, thinking, but a few moments after it was just like: ‘Am i not overthinking this?’. And while it has some of those moments, probably 90% of the movie were action sequences. Non-stop action from beginning to end. On one hand, it’s good because it doesn’t take you an hour to understand what the real point is, but on the other, at some point it just gets boring. Yeah, boring action. Because it doesn’t really get your heart to stop for a moment, it doesn’t thrill.
But when you forget everything else, Total Recall is amazing visually. It has a really beautiful world and it has great and very realistic special effects. That’s probably the best thing about the movie. The world of the Colony and the UBF, the No-Zone are pleasing for the eye, and the way they are explored makes them even better. The magnetic cars, the webs of elevators, ‘The Fall’ show the amount of creativity and thought that has been put into the movie.
While i can’t really comment on the acting in Total Recall (because there wasn’t that much of it), all actors seemed good for their roles. I liked Kate Beckinsale as the wife/secret agent the most, thought i can’t really say why exactly. Jessica Biel was also nice, though she didn’t have much to do… With those two there were pretty cool cat fights and a real eye-pleaser for the men in the audience. Problem is, they had greater chemistry between each other than either had with Colin Farrel. I can’t say i didn’t like him, but neither can i say i did. He did nothing special, or showed some acting skills, but then again, he didn’t have where to. He only had to run from one place to another, and fight a few mechs.
In the end, Total Recall may be percieved as a simple remake, but it has a somewhat different plot and a new and better world. If you liked the movies from last year’s Academy Awards, this is obviously the wrond movie for you. But if you are fan of action flicks, you may find this a nice evening entertainment.