For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen.
Total Recall is yet another remake of an old classic movie. At first I thought choosing Colin Farrell to reprise the role first originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger was a bad idea, mainly because I never liked Colin Farrell and his past works. Farrell did a good job as the protagonist; however, he was obviously lacking the Alpha-male characteristic, something that Arnie exudes so abundantly that he undeniably OWNED the earlier film.
Kate Beckinsale saved this movie. She was smouldering hot, intense and a magnificent actress. She completely stole the show! I got lost halfway through, specifically right after the chase scene with the elevators, because I was busy thinking of other actresses that could play the role and replace Jessica Biel.
Personally, I think they should not have remade this movie in the first place. Technically it was good, but the story and the cast were uninteresting. Think about it, the original one (1990) was groundbreaking because the technology during that time was not too advanced. Fast forward to the 21st century and there were hundreds of sci-fi, disaster, summer action, big-budgeted films, that this remake looked common compared to its contemporaries.
My advice: Just enjoy the movie and don’t expect too much.
3.0 out of 5