Total Recall

Doug Quaid has a job, a beautiful wife, and yet he feels as if something is missing, but when he visits a business that promises to implant exciting memories into his brain, he gets much more than he bargained for.

This is the only part of the 2012 remake that is shared with the original 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster. The rest of the plot is wildly different. For instance, and this isn’t really a spoiler as it is revealed as soon as the movie starts, Doug Quaid lives in the Colony, which used to be Australia. The only other livable portion of the Earth remaining is the United Federation of Britain. The two are linked by a huge elevator which travels from one side of the world to the other, in less than 20 minutes.

Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale, Total Recall (2012) is more of a mishmash of several different science fiction movies than the original Phillip K. Dick short story, We can remember it for you wholesale, or the 1990 adaptation. There are various elements of iRobot, Minority Report and most notably Blade Runner. There is even a piano moment.

The movie is directed by Len Wiseman who wrote (and directed a couple of) the Underworld movies, which also stars Ms Beckinsale, who, not so coincidentally, Mr Wiseman is married to. Whatever else, the movie does look good, with a very different look for each side of the world.

Taken at face value rather than compared to the original movie, the 2012 remake is an OK science fiction tale that isn’t terrible but isn’t that great either. There is lots of action but a metaphysical conversation in the middle of the movie ruins the pacing and seems out of place with it’s surroundings. There are some great scenes but they are out numbered by numerous bland and forgettable moments.

Compared with the 1990 original, this version bares little resemblance other than names and small parts of the story and for those of you who are wondering, yes, the three boobs do make an appearance. While Colin Farrell has grown to be a very watchable and accomplished actor, he doesn’t command the screen the same way that Mr Schwarzengger did.

Total Recall (2012) is an OK movie to watch, but it probably isn’t going to looked back upon as a classic by any stretch of the imagination.

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