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Total Recall (2012)



Colin Farrell
Kate Beckinsale
Jessica Biel
Bryan Cranston
John Cho

Directed by Len Wiseman

Distributed by Columbia Pictures

The high note of this movie is the intense actions scenes, there are so engaging that they will keep you glued, the first chase that saw Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), leap of his apartment to the busy street and then engage in a car chase against his “beautiful wife” (Kate Beckinsale) is a scene that I tell you is worth seeing.

The problem with the movie is everything in between the action scenes; they are humourless, emotionless and down to the last word boring.

Unlike the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger original this Total Recall has no trip to Mars or any trip out of the earth’s atmosphere.

Total Recall is a dystopian science fiction action film remake of the 1990 classic of the same name, which in turn was loosely based on the 1966 short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick.

Boasting of nice fight choreographies, this Len Wiseman film is not so catchy after a while you forget all the highs and can’t wait for it to end.

The movie plot is quite similar to the original; at the end of 21st Century, the Earth is divided into two territories the United Federation of Britain (UFB) and the Colony (Australia) after World War 3 devastates the remainder of the planet.

Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is bored of his life and decides to go visit a company called Rekall (which implants memories in your brain), so they can implant in his brain the memory of a super spy.

Reason why Douglas will want this is because of his constant dream he keeps having, where he is being chased. Things go wrong at Rekall when the police break in with the intension of taking Douglas. Then Douglas was able to kill all ten officers without knowing how he was able to do it.

Then at home his wife also tries to kill him, this makes him run off trying to find what is going on, till he ran into the girl of his dreams who tells him that all the things he knows is not real.

Now Douglas is on the run finding clues that he left behind leading him to his real life.
Len Wiseman is the man behind the Underworld movies with wife Kate Beckinsale and he directed the fourth installment of the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard in 2007.

It was rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to reprising his role, a rumour that I’m glad wasn’t true as Colin Farrell instead was picked to play the title role of Douglas Quaid.

This movie had a 30% approval rating in Rotten Tomatoes which is nothing compared to Farrell’s last two movies Horrible Bosses and Fright Night both done in 2011 which had 69% and 73% approval ratings respectively. Two of Colin’s best films were done in 2002, Minority Report and the wonderful movie Hart’s War.

I will advice you wait till the car chase scene is available on YouTube then go watch it, cause that is the only good thing to see in this action flick.


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