Totall Recall

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I’m a big fan of Phillip K. Dick’s stories, but I had mixed feelings about the remake of the 1990 sci-fi film, Total Recall. Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is a factory worker in the year 2084 and is having dreams about a strange woman and a fantasy to be a secret agent. (Don’t we all?) After work one day, Douglas goes to a company called Recall where they specialize in memory implants that seem so real people don’t know if they are genuine or not. When they begin to transplant his memory there is a problem and the police show up, thus beginning an hour – long chase scene. He manages to make it home to his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale) where she also attacks him and tells him his name is really Houser and he is a special agent. He knows the answers to his problems are on the other side of the world in the Federation of Australia and with the help of a resistance fighter named Malina (Jessica Biel) he takes an elevator through the center of the earth to his destination. (Yes, you heard me correctly.) This film is fast paced, fun and full of action. The big disappointment is that it’s not much different (other than bringing it up to date) than the original that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Colin Farrell did a good job but without Arnold and his catchy one-liners, you really feel like something is missing. Some fans of the original may think another missing piece would be Sharon Stone, but don’t worry about that piece because Kate Beckinsale does a great job as wife and killer. I was entertained with this remake but I’m still not sure why they thought it needed to be made again. At the end of the film, I still have mixed feelings about it, so I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.