A curious question to as is, when Hollywood writer’s original ideas, what’s next? Why, you start to remake blockbusters from the 1990’s, of course.
Total Recall (2012) Film Review
Dreams haunt Douglas Quaid (Collin Farrell). In them, he tries to escape captivity but cannot escape a high-tech facility where others pursue him. Before he wakes, he remembers saving a woman (Jessica Biel) who he does not recognize. His wife, Lori (Kate Beckinsale) is always beside him to help him get past these nightmares.
Living in a post-apocalyptic world, each day Doug goes about the same routine while his wife works as an EMT. The British Federation police keep order, while a force known as the “resistance” is at the mercy of the media’s negativity. From the poorer ‘colony’ community, Doug knows something is missing from his life. He wants something different. So hoping for change in his humdrum existence, he goes to a place called Rekall. A place that manufactures any reality the costumer wants but there’s a catch; you cannot pick your own reality. Before his dream begins, armed guards attempt to arrest Doug, and suddenly he becomes a wanted man.
Sci-Fi movies from the 1990’s make me cringe. Just looking at the production stills of this 1990 film of the same name causes me to go, “ew!” Without ever seeing the original film I shouldn’t judge, but in this case, I will say, it won’t be a sacrifice to say I prefer this movie over the cheese of its predecessor. For a non-sci-fi geek, this is a surprise and something out of my comfort zone to see, but it’s pretty good. Plus I’m rather fond of its leading man and Kate Beckinsale, who once played Austen’s iconic Emma Woodhouse.‘TOTAL RECALL’ (2012) #FWarchives Click To Tweet
Any film that goes into mind control is a bit sketchy. For a million different reasons, this is not a movie that everyone will like. Its setting is dark, the depravity in each situation depressing, and the idea behind it may offend some potential viewers. Not only does corruption rule what (the things) surrounds each character but their attitudes, one of acceptance and unhappiness. Doug is suddenly unhappy in his reality and it makes us sad that he cannot be happy. And it’s reason enough for us to wish for him his “freedom.” It’s just not the peaceful journey we may expect by rooting Doug on.
The body count is high and the emotional impact is staggering. There’s some intelligence in the script though most the time the movie is too much of a flashy blockbuster to realize it could have be more. The filming takes some adjusting to as a white light backlights the character and halos them in a sterile type glow and seems to distract from enjoying the movie. No matter some of the fun parts of the film, this one is also a frightening idea. What I take away from is a scenario of The Bourne Identity albeit in a high-tech, post 21st century, war-torn world. If you like sci-fi movies, this is a fun (3-star) one to watch on a lazy afternoon.
You can find Total Recall (2012) digitally on Amazon Video
Content: In a flashback to its R (rating) predecessor, there is one instance of nudity when a bare-chested woman flashes a man. Other minor sexual implications are present between a married couple; she is seen in her undergarments once. Violence is a high count of high-powered weapons and bullets spraying everywhere, and hand-to-hand combat that leaves numerous bodies in its wake. Profanity also racks up high uses of sh*t as well as abuses of God’s name in various forms, and more minor profanities in a**, b*tch, h*ll, etc. The film is PG13.