Len Wiseman’s Total Recall has similarities to that of Paul Verhoven’s film of the early 90’s, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone. However, Wiseman makes this version his own and it does not disappoint.
Colin Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, who doesn’t have obsessions about mars or anything really related to other planets. He does however dream about working for the resistance and it’s leader Mathias (Bill Nighy).
This may stray from the original Phillip K. Dick story, but Wiseman and crew make the story entertaining. With it’s outrageous and well spaced out over the top action sequences.
Kate Beckinsale’s Lori is a force to reckoned with. She doesn’t whore herself out to Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), like Sharon Stone’s version of the character did,
But goes toe -to- toe with Quaid and Melina (Jessica Biel). As they race through the movie looking for something called “the key”.
The city appears to be straight out of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) as well as the vehicles. The robots that assist Lori and Cohaagen in attempting to apprehend Quaid look as if they are straight out of Ultraviolet (2006); However Kurt Whimmer is credited as one of the writers and directed the aforementioned title. This adds to the Futuristic look of the film.
Jessica Biel’s performance as Melina lacks any real conviction, but this isn’t her fault, she simply isn’t given enough screen time. Had she been given this time the character would have been more fleshed out and had an overall better effect on the movie. We all know what Biel is capable of she just isn’t given the chance to fully spread her wings.
The one classic scene that is recreated is when Quaid is told that he is having a psychotic episode and is still at Rekall. This scene seems to take forever to end. This does not burden the movie too much once it’s over with. The movie actually picks back up its natural pace and makes a very good recovery in the process.
Total Recall is the diamond in the rough this summer and it’s certainly better than sitting through the mediocre Prometheus as well. It’s like watching Minority Report on steroids.