“Total Recall”- Movie Review by Ben Lane

Len Wiseman, director of movies like “Live Free or Die Hard” and “Underworld,” takes a role in the director’s chair for the much unnecessary remake of the 1990 classic. So we have “Total Recall,” a film that takes place in a futuristic world in which WWIII has left everything in ruin, which was eventually built back up, but separated into two main superpowers: United Federation of Britain and New Asia. Our main character, Doug Quad (Collin Farrell), suffers from nightmares and visits a place called Rekall, which promises to plant a memory in your head that would make you remember something you’ve always wantedto do, but didn’t. During his visit, things go badly, and the representative believes Doug is a spy, and from there everything spirals out of control, causing Doug to question his own identity, being lost within this new world, posing the question: “What is real? What is Rekall?”

I personally have not seen the original classic, but I do know that it starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Doug, and that his performance is supposedly what made it a classic. Alot of critics are hating this movie right now, mainly because it is, in fact, a remake, so they saw all the twists coming, and it wasn’t an exciting experience to them. I, however, went into this film not knowing anything, and walking out, I can say I enjoyed it, but didn’t really care.

First off, let me say this: this really is a good action film. There is plenty of gunfire, explosions, and fight scenes to entertain and thrill, and they really worked for this movie. Also, I enjoyed the performaces. Colin Farrell was convincing, as always; Jessica Biel was stunningly hot, as always; and Jessica Biel was pretty hot herself. Yes, even if you hate this movie, at least you can look at those two girls for most of the film. Another stunning feature in this film is the way the filmmakers made the new world look. Very good visual effects here, and a magnificant achievement.

However, the film has its flaws. As I said earlier, I just didn’t care. I didn’t care whether the characters lived or died, and I wasn’t absorbed into the film as I expected to be. The script was, in my opinion, a major flaw for the movie. Sometimes it became a little confusing, (and this is coming from someone who has seen, and loved, “Inception”), and I often found myself looking at my watch. Not that the movie was boring in itself, it just became boring in a few scenes.

Overall, I think “Total Recall” is a pretty good film. It may have a few issues, and it’s certainly not the best film of the summer, but it’s still loaded with cool effects, good performaces, twists and turns, a couple of hot girls, and good fighting, which, in my opinion, makes this a movie worth seeing.

Grade: B-

Run Time: 121 mins

Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language

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