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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

TOTAL RECALL (2012)

By D.E.Levine

A remake of the original science fiction action film that starred Arnold Schwarenegger, this is an exciting film with lots of action and special effects.  But viewers agree the original was better.

Updated to encompass a slightly different story line with top name actors, the film provides excitement and some confusion throughout.  Unfortunately, unlike the original, the characters are not fully developed and this version lacks the humor found in the original.

Frustrated with his life, colony factory worker Douglas Quaid  (Colin Farrell) goes to Total Rekall to have a more exciting memory implanted.

Somehow, the procedure goes horribly wrong and Quaid, unsure of whether he's functioning on the implanted memory or is actually a spy, becomes a hunted man on the run.  With the police controlled byThe United Federation of Britain's Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) pursuing him, Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the leader of the resistance (Bill Nighy).

Since his beautiful wife Lori (Katte Beckinsale) is working for Cohaagen's police force and pursuing him, and a factory co-worker tries to convince him he's imagining everything as a result of the Totall Rekall experience, Quaid doesn't know who he can trust, especially after discovering he's really an agent working for the Chancellor.

Without the substance of the original film, this Total Recall depends primarily on stunning special effects in the hand-to-hand combat and the mass battle attack scenes.  The colony where Quaid lives and where the major battles take place resemble the environment in Blade Runner proving that some of the older films had originality that survives.

While not a great film, for a hot summer evening Total Recall can provide some release and the special effects seem destined for awards.