Total Recall (2012)

Directed by Len Wiseman

Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel



One day you have a normal life, the next you are on the run because you are a spy. Douglas Quaid, played by Farrell, wants a bit of excitement in his life so he visits Rekall to get some cool memories of a life he has never had. However it turns out he already had that life and now he is on the run.

Everyone knows that this is a remake of the Arnie classic but does it hold up to the original. The story has changed slightly as we are now based fully on Earth and Mars isn’t included at all. The film looks absolutely amazing, the graphics are stunning and the 2 female leads of Beckinsale and Biel are as hot as you would expect. But unfortunately it stops there. The film is boring and the hover car chase and the running through the streets and elevators are just lacking that thrill of making it fun. It had this whole futuristic feel of Minority Report meets I, Robot about it which made it very samey.



The main things missing from this film are the classic one liners that you got with Arnie in the original. If you are a fan of the original i would stay away from this, just watch the Arnie one again instead. I really don’t have anything else to say about this.

TheFriedGold rating 1.5/5 – Consider that a divorce!



Film Fact

When Quaid attempts to pass through the security check at the entrance to UFB, he is wearing a holographic necklace that produces the image of an Asian man’s face. Moments before, a woman with a chubby face, wearing a yellow coat, can be seen. The woman very much resembled the prosthetic/mechanical “mask” worn by Quaid in the correlating scene of the 1990 original