Saturday, December 15, 2012

Total Recall (2012)

Director: Len Wiseman. Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, John Cho. 118 min. Rated PG-13. USA/Canada. Sci-fi/Action.

Not as bad as they were saying. Obviously, the special effects are incredibly better than the 1990 Arnold-starring original, Ferrell fits into the protagonist role, and Beckinsale upgrades the attractive villain (originally played by Sharon Stone). My only gripe is the innate problem with all remakes: you already know the story, so all the good twists are spoiled. Still, as the movie pays some homages to the original, it also makes decent efforts to circumvent the above problem, most prominently during the customs scene where the weird lady opens up her head. And I'm not going to spoil that one.

Mo says:


  1. just some action sequences and a good female villain....No clear plot, not defined romantic relation, Not any nice dialogue ...It was like a computer game .I didn't watch original version but its rank in IMDB shows it has something to tell

  2. The original is not a masterpiece (a friend once said it was the best movie he'd ever seen! Which made me think he probably hadn't seen too many movies), but I still think it's worth watching. And seeing Sharon Stone in her pre-Basic Instinct days gives you a good idea why she was chosen for the role of Catherine Tramell.