Total Recall Is A Remake Worth Remembering

(Sorry for my lateness on this post TGATP readers.  It was a hectic week with us attending the BlogHer NY conference last weekend.  But on this film better late than never.  If  you missed the first weekend, definitely go this one!)
A Sony Pictures Entertainment of a Columbia Pictures presentation of an Original Film production. Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Toby Jaffe. Executive producers, Ric Kidney, Len Wiseman. Directed by Len Wiseman. Screenplay, Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback; screen story, Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povill, Wimmer, inspired by the short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick and based on the 1990 motion picture “Total Recall,” screenplay by Shusett, O’Bannon, Gary Goldman; screen story by Shusett, O’Bannon, Povill.
Douglas Quaid/Hauser – Colin Farrell
Lori Quaid – Kate Beckinsale
Melina – Jessica Biel
Cohaagen – Bryan Cranston
Harry – Bokeem Woodbine
McClane – John Cho
Matthias – Bill Nighy
MPAA Rating:  PG-13.
Running time: 117 MIN.


Any film that opens with a half naked Colin Farell and ends with a half naked Colin Farrell is a definite go-see in TGATP‘s book!  This awesome re-make of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film is smarter, faster, bigger, more action-packed, and sexier than the original!  Based on the 1966 short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick, the story is also more fleshed out than its predecessor and there are tons of changes.  For starters, it takes place on Earth instead of Mars, there are no mutants, and there is no threat of oxygen loss.  What remains is the basic premise of a man, Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), who thinks he is someone he is not and is married to  Lori (Kate Beckinsdale), who is someone other that she appears.  Experiencing dreams of another woman (Jessica Biel) and bored with his work-a-day life, Quaid goes to Rekall to try out a drug that will turn his dreams into reality and make him an imaginary secret agent for the evening.  The problem?  He may already be one.

Total Recall rocks from start to finish.  Patrick Tatopoulos’ production design is the star of this edge-of-y0ur seat show allowing director Len Wiseman to create eye-popping sequences including space car chases, pursuits through elevator shafts, and a catfight between Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel. There are also some real cool gadgets, like hand implanted cell phones and holographic messages.  It’s as if Wiseman and his team took The Matrix, Blade Runner, and Shoot ‘Em Up and threw them in an action blender!

Kate Beckinsale steals the show as the kick-ass, take no nonsense bitch on Quaid’s trail delivering new classic action genre lines, like “I give good wife.”  (The only problem with this character is that, after you have seen the infamous Farell/Narain sex tape, it is hard to believe any woman would willingly give him up!)  Farrell brings the perfect mix of confusion and toughness to to his part and I would love to see him in more action.  I would have liked to have seen a little more kick-ass in Biel at the onset.  But she makes up for a wimpy start with a bang-up finish.   I loved this roller coaster ride of thrilling action that was a remake finally done right.  It’s a must-see for any action junkie!


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