What Is Real?
Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police - controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen, the leader of the free world - Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter to find the head of the underground resistance and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.
I went into this chanting the following mantra: "I shall not compare it to Verhoeven's classic film."
Let's see how I got on.
Wiseman's film is loosely based on Philip K. Dick's short story "We can remember it for you wholesale". And by loosely I mean it's actually not based on it at all. The only similarities to the story and this film are in the characters' names and the name of the company that alters memories. That's it. No Mars. No hidden fantasies. None of that. See, Verhoeven's film took liberties as well, but at least captured the essence of the story really SLAP
Ok, visually this film looks absolutely stunning. The special effects are beautiful and…
Len Wiseman, a director so devoid of talent that even Kate Beckinsale parading around in a figure hugging PVC outfit couldn’t save his debut film from being boring, gets to turn his hack hands to adapting a much loved story. However, the results are predictably bland with Wiseman delivering a tedious sci-fi actioner that proves to be one of the most pointless remakes of recent years. Gone are the smart sci-fi ideas of Philip K Dick’s We Can Remember It for You Wholesale short story and in their place we get a by the numbers spy thriller that barely even teases themes about identity and memory.
For a film featuring almost non-stop action it is surprisingly boring for vast stretches…
Souless remake that ignores all the great things from the original:-
No one liners
I heard that Kate Beckinsale steals the movie, she doesn't, she's as generic as everything else in this, and to waste Bryan Cranston is a sin!
Even if this isn't as good as the original, it's cool to see the three titty lady again. This would have been a better film if it was a four titty lady.
The acting is pretty good, Collin Farrell does a great job in the role and even though he's no Arnold, he fits Philip K. Dick's description of the character better and was pretty solid. Kate Beckinsale was great too. You can tell she's having fun in the role and it's fun seeing her sexy ass kick some ass. This is probably the hottest I've ever seen Beckinsale by the way, but I digress. Bryan Cranston was solid as the villain, but he's solid in everything he's done. After…
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Minority Report looks at her little Total Recall Jr. with a mixture of emotions.
While she could stare at its beauty for hours, seeing traces of herself. She is also constantly reminded of the time she got drunk and let Total Recall Snr. put his Philip K in her.
2 Hours of staring at an arse-kicking Kate Beckinsale made my testicles ache as much as I imagine Quaids fist did when he punched that robot to death!!
I hope Len Wiseman isn't as bland and forgettable as his films because that would be sad. There is no soul to his movies. For good or bad he cant inject any life into them. It's like a paint by numbers approach to film making, all the right parts in the right place, just without creativity.
I wasnt a fan of the orginal Total Recall, I tought it was overblown and over rated, It was more like a ultra violent cartoon , The new version i didnt have high expectations but pleasently surprised , I realy enjoyed it , The futuristic setting was more realistic than Arnies version, I dont realy understand why it got so many bad reviews, Its a exciting action packed sci-fi thriller, Kate Beckansale steal the show with another ass kicking performance .
This movie was horrible. Don’t mess with perfection. It’s pretty sad that they managed to find a way to mess up a story with a 3-boobed lady.
First of all: I still haven’t seen the first movie version of Total Recall.
But I have to say … I’m not a big fan of the now glorified crappy 80s and early 90s movies as I think a lot of people confuse a cult film for a good film …
So I will focus again on this movie only and what I like and dislike exactly in this version.
What I like:
- The overall story
Even without the who-is-who-realty-stuff it’s an interesting SciFi story.
- The acting of Colin Farrell
- No shahahahahakecam
A rare good in action films from the last years. In fact: I think we have some really good camera work in this one.
The first one is an above average movie, but was it really necessary to do the remake? With a lot less led lamps and a lot less latex, this movie is pure CGI and although the sci-fi history is interesting, this is never the less a movie that relies too much on special effects and parts where you don’t have a clue about what is going on, you only know there are shootings and car chases…
Kate Beckinsale’s ass for me is worth going through this and my only complaint is why she does not try to kill the hero by fucking him to death! So one star goes to her and the other half star is split between a bad and avoidable movie and the jugs of Jessica Biel
While both version of of Total Recall, based on the book take liberties with the original plot, Len Wiseman's has the least passion and is pretty bland overall.
It's a good looking reboot of Paul Verhoeven's film. Even if it borrows tremendously, frequently and blatantly from some other more iconic sci-fi films. Blade Runner, Aliens, and even STAR WARS. It's almost like 'ole Lenny had a late nite film festival with his buddies, and checked off what parts of these classics he'd like to steal from. I'd like to think they do this to speed up production.
If anything, this film made me realize two things, I enjoyed the 90's version more, but not by much. And the book is a good read.
Good effects and a lot of action. But that's just not enough.