Total Recall (2012)

7 Aug

Synopsis:  A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Cast:

Collin Farrel…………………………………………………………Douglas Quaid/Hauser

Kate Beckinsale……………………………………………………………………..Lori Quaid

Jessica Biel………………………………………………………………………………..Melina

Bryan Cranston………………………………………………………………………Cohaagen

Bokeem Woodbine……………………………………………………………………….Harry

Bill Nighy……………………………………………………………………………….Matthias

John Cho………………………………………………………………………………..McClane

Will Yun Lee……………………………………………………………………………….Marek

Review:  Based on the 1966 Philip K. Dick short story We can remember it for you wholesale” this remake of the 199o film which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger begs the question, “Was this trip necessary?”  Major differences in this 2012 version vs the 1990 version stick out like a sore thumb.

1) Shwarzenegger’s Quaid was riddled with confusion and deep emotion over his predicament. Collin Farrel is thinner leaner and not as emotional in fact at times he just seems like he is going along for the ride.

2) No Mars involvement in the remake it all takes place on Earth.

3) The humor and satirical points made in the 1990 version are completely gone making the 2012 version less appealing.

4) The 1990 version used auto-animatronics to great affect where as the remake creates a CG I world a little too close in resemblance  to Blade Runner.

5) Both films are well crafted Sci-Fi stories except the noise level and chase scenes in the 2012 version make the last half of the film seem mundane.

In all it was like watching a long video game fun perhaps for the fan boys but a less than satisfying experience for those who appreciate say the headiness of Prometheus or the intelligence of Minority Report. The action takes place in a post WWIII world in  the United Federation of Britain a part of the world that has been divided by war. There is an elevator than runs through the earth’s core that goes to The Colony the other part of the world divided by war. Quaid becomes tired  of his monotonous life in The Colony as a factory worker and spurred by his recurring violent nightmares,Quaid decides to visit Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories. Rekall employee, McClane (John Cho), convinces Quaid to be implanted with memories of a secret agent. Quaid is tested to ensure compatibility but fails and McClane accuses Quaid of really being a spy. McClane and his co-workers are suddenly gunned down by a squad of armored police officers. While Quaid is being arrested, he instinctively reacts and kills the officers before escaping.

Kate Beckinsale plays Lori Quaid and spends too much time chasing and shooting her husband. Like in the first version she is not really Quaid’s wife but an incredible simulation. Give me Sharon Stone anytime, legs crossed or otherwise.

The plot although suggests both political and social intrigue lacks the emotional impact of the original. This film left out all the fun touches such as the Jiffy Cab, and the creepy mutants and replaced them with Star Wars like storm troopers who are in effect idiotic and a complicated cityscape that distracts rather than draws you in. Of course there still is the three breasted woman here as well, her part has been expanded in the remake. It seems the suspense, blood, humor and Schwarzenegger’s indelible performance have become so Iconic that a remake just seems like a waste of time.

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