Total Recall

Doug Quaid is a regular kind of guy who is tired of the same routine day in and day out.  Although married to a woman he loves, he longs for his life to be different from that of an average factory worker.  He lives in the future, in a time where space is at a premium and the world has been ravaged by chemical warfare.  In hopes of changing his life for the better he visits a place called Rekall, a company that, through access to the mind, implants memories of your wildest dreams.  Whatever you want to do, be an athlete, worshiped by millions, or be the richest person on the planet: they can make it happen.  Quaid decides on the memories of a secret agent.  However, before his memories can be implanted, the police burst in to try and arrest him.  From then on his life becomes forever changed as he discovers that he truly is a secret agent whose memories have been replaced.  But is this reality, or a memory gone wrong upon implant.  Quaid will have to start at square one to discover the truth, what is real and what is fantasy.

Total Recall is a remake of the 1990 movie of the same name starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it can not be considered a complete remake.  Lifting some ideas and parts of the story line from the original film, this movie is overall a different adventure.  Directed by Len Wiseman, who is also known for the first two Underworld movies, Total Recall is a strictly science fiction action adventure movie with tons of CGI tricks of the trade.  An overall solid film, it lacks a strong plot and story line from the beginning and relies mostly of CGI to tell the story.  Don’t get me wrong, the computer graphics are stunningly beautiful and breathtaking, but for some moviegoers there needs to be more to a movie than just good looks.  Wiseman tries to give the movie a different look with a grittier feel by using lots of lighting shots that sometime seem like accidental mistakes than real camera work.

The cast is headed up by Colin Farrell who plays the main character Doug Quaid.  Armed with wicked one liners, his delivery is sometimes a little too short and sweet.  Kate Beckinsale plays Quaid’s wife Lori, who plays a complete female bad ass ready to topple any person who stands in her way.  The other female lead, Melina, is played by Jessica Biel who is also no stranger when it comes to defending herself and the man that she loves.  Total Recall is a good movie, but not great.  It definitely does not hold up to other summer blockbusters like The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman, and The Dark Knight Rises.  Science fiction and action fans will enjoy the flick, but I feel that so many more will be wanting for those extra ingredients that would make it fine cuisine.

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