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July 31, 2014

Movie Review: Total Recall (2012)

Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Ethan Hawke, and Bill Nighy

Directed by: Len Wiseman

BLURB:  A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

REVIEW:  Although this is a “remake” of the 1990 Sci Fi action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, it is not a carbon copy of that film by any means. There is no Mars in this one at all no inter-galactic angst. So if you are going into this one expecting to see just an updated version of the Arnold film you would probably be pretty disappointed. If you are just looking for an action packed, Sci Fi flick then you might be pleasantly surprised.

Colin Farrell heads up the cast as Douglas Quaid a factory worker who can’t remember his past. By all intents and purposes he should be happy with his present… he has a job, a home (all be it not a mansion by any means), he has a smoking hot wife (Kate Beckinsale) and yet Douglas just can’t shake the restlessness he feels with his mundane life.  To try to get a little action in his life and make some memories for himself literally he visits Rekall – an innovative company that promises to make your fantasies into real memories for you to enjoy.

There is a hitch of course the tech at Rekall warns Doug not to choose anything that he already is or was i.e. if you have a fantasy about cheating on your wife you can’t already have a mistress in real life or the drugs and tech could literally blow your brain because your reality and the “fantasy” would be the same. Doug chooses a superspy fantasy he is drawn to that and says that there is no way that’s really true…but ohhhh how wrong he was! When they start the Rekall things get hairy really fast as his forgotten past and his present collide in a big way! Enter all kinds of heavily armed police guns a blazing and the chase is on!

Douglas suddenly is public enemy number one it seems and running for his life. Who can he trust? Why are they chasing a factory worker? What about his past is so important that the authorities want him so badly? And how does he seem to know exactly how to fight them and beat them at their own game?

 If you love a good action yarn this one should be right up your alley. My husband said that the fight sequence between Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel was worth the price of the DVD by itself. LOL!

Don’t go into expecting Arnold’s version and you should like this one pretty well. It’s not a five star by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a good action movie for when you are in the mood for a guns, chases, and explosions kinda film.


This one can be PG-13 as the theatrical version or you can also get the Unrated Directors Cut

Lots of action and violence in either version some Sci-fi nudity. Yes they worked the three boobed woman into this one too - I think everyone knew they would.


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