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Total Recall
Sony
Directed By: Len Wiseman
Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel
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The Short: Total Recall isnít the remake that some fans were hoping for, in fact itís not really a remake at all. It would have been better if this would have been a loose sequel of some kind- or even just a totally different title altogether. It could have been better than it was, but itís still a thrilling action movie and an enjoyable watch.

Len Wisemanís remake of Total Recall isnít a remake. Itís more of an interpretation loosely based on the original. There are nods to the original movie, but theyíre not exactly nods. Theyíre more like brief finger points and then a dead sprint away from the scene. That being said, I still like this Total Recall better than the original. Itís smarter, tied into political themes, and itís a tremendous action movie.

After the world essentially destroyed itself with chemical warfare, only two areas are inhabitable on Earth- The United Federation of Britain and The Colony (Australia.) Itís a situation of haves and have-nots. The Colony is plagued by poverty while The United Federation of Britain is filled with rich people, resources, and weapons. The UFB oppresses the Colony with the only way to travel between the two countries- a tube through the middle of the Earth known as Ďthe fall.í Douglas Quaid is a factory worker who is one of the oppressed. He has a happy home life with his wife Lori, but heís tired of everything else surrounding his life. He travels through the fall everyday to the UFB to work in a factory and heís sick of the routine. He decides to spice things up by implanting some memories into his head with Rekall. Rekall is the implantation of memories directly into the brain by machine. The only catch is you canít have already experienced what youíre implanting otherwise your mind will pop and youíll die. At Rekall, Douglas decides that heís going to get the memory of him being a spy. In the safety scan before doing the procedure, itís revealed that Douglas was in fact a spy and heís stormed by police. Douglas takes down everyone in the room and realizes everything that he thought he knew isnít real. He finds out his wife isnít actually his wife and is out to kill him, he begins an all-out flee from the police and all of the other forces of the UFB.

This movie isnít even in the same vicinity of the original Total Recall. Thatís actually a good thing. I donít think itís altogether possible to make a reasonable remake of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie if youíre really trying. Wiseman and the rest of the people involved in making the movie were wise to step away from that. Itís a complex story that might be a little too complex at times, but itís still enveloping. The story is great, but itís the action that makes this movie great. All of the giant effects and stunts teamed with Collin Farrell being a badass, make this movie awesome. There are still plenty of negatives with this version of Total Recall, but the action far outweighs everything remotely negative about the movie.

The blu-ray release of Total Recall comes bundled with two discs and a DVD. The first disc has the theatrical cut of the movie, the extended cut of the movie, a great audio commentary by Wiseman, and an awesome insight mode that features a split-screen presentation where you get to watch the movie with making-of features at the same time. Insight and the commentary are both excellent features and they would have been enough bonus content with the release. But thereís also another disc with actor features, and other content thatís highly watchable as well.

Total Recall isnít the remake that some fans were hoping for, in fact itís not really a remake at all. It would have been better if this would have been a loose sequel of some kind- or even just a totally different title altogether. It could have been better than it was, but itís still a thrilling action movie and an enjoyable watch.









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