Notable Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, John Cho
Growing up a fan of the original "Total Recall" and being a fan of Phillip K. Dick's original short story that this film is based on, I was actually kind of excited to see what this remake would do with the mind bending tale of memory lapse, spies, and science fiction. Yet the negative reviews for Wiseman's modern spin on the film poured in and I decided to wait for home video to see the science fiction actioner. Although I wouldn't claim it to be quite as bad as it was painted, "Total Recall" isn't good either. It's simply unmemorable overall. It somewhat just runs through the motions and fails to ignite any kind of emotional response to any of its events. In fact, I would consider the film to be a rather sad affair as it just falters to live up to any of the unique ideas or stronger potential it had.
Douglas Quaid (Farrell) seems to be at the top of his game. He's been successful at work and his wife (Beckinsale) supports him with loving care. There are just these dreams he has been having where he is in a gun fight with police. It disturbs him enough that he decides to visit Rekall, a synthetic memory implantation center where he can live out what happens in his dreams...too bad something goes wrong. Those dreams might actually be memories and now the police are after him accusing him of being a man named Hauser, an agent in a resistance against the government.
|If I went to Rekall I would have them wipe my memory of playing Bullseye. I mean, if I was Ferrell.|
|"Be quiet! There's a plot point coming...quickly, we need to leap into another action sequence!"|
|Explosions count for character development. Just ask Michael Bay.|
Overall, I would rarely call this film 'bad'. Never was I slapping my head in disbelief at it, but I was finding myself wondering just what happened to the soul of this movie. It's unmemorable as a science fiction tale. It's unmemorable in its action. Hell, its even unmemorable as a bad movie...which is probably the worst thing that could have happened to it.
Written By Matt Reifschneider
Still think that perhaps "Total Recall" can reset those memories? Perhaps the director's cut is much better than the theatrical cut like I saw. Either way you should click on the links below if you feel the need.