Director: Len Wiseman
Writer: Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback
Based on: Philip K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
Remake of: Total Recall
Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine, Bill Nighy, John Cho
Douglas Quail (Colin Farrell) would be happily married to Lori (Kate Beckinsale), if it wasn’t for a recurring dream about a mysterious woman. He decides to confront this dream by going to Rekall Inc., a company that provides real-seeming memories of unreal events. But before the Rekall treatment actually occurs, Doug finds himself surrounded by police and discovers that the memories of his life are pretty much all fake: he is not who he thought he was. With several people on his tail, he tries to figure out what the hell is going on.
Total Recall, much like Prometheus, is not a movie that makes particularly much sense, but it is very pretty to look at. Unlike Prometheus, though, I found it really very entertaining.
The film definitely wasn’t the most original – quite apart from the fact that it’s based on a short story and a remake of another film, it also borrowed visuals left and right. But it only borrowed things that look really cool and I really enjoyed the images and the world they created.
Though it really doesn’t make that much sense. There are plot holes, things that are only there to be awesome and you’d be generally advised not to think too hard about any of it. (Something which I didn’t manage with Prometheus, but managed quite well here.) Though not thinking too hard also meant that I was quite confused sometimes whether we were in the Colonies or in the United States of Britain.
But what the movie gets completely right are the call-backs to the old one. There are just a couple of really delicious moments where they tip their hats (the three-breasted woman being the least of it) to Verhoeven and the rest. Plus, they continue the tradition of the ass-kicking women and even let Lori really hold her own. [Btw, Kate Beckinsale’s hair should get supporting acting credit. It is awesome.] And it doesn’t hurt either that in Colin Farrell they have not only an insanely hot lead, but also a talented one.
Most importantly though, this movie is just a well-paced, fun action flick that pulls you in and even managed to make the chase scenes enjoyable.
Summarising: Entertaining and fun.