Review: TOTAL RECALL

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4 (Out of 5 Reels)

I was looking forward to this film because in I loved the original that came out in 1990 and I was curious how this film could be made better using todays special effects technology.  The added bonus of looking at Colin Ferrell for a couple of hours didn’t hurt either. 

Douglas Quaid/Hauser (Colin Ferrell) begins to suspect he is a spy after visiting Rekall; a company that provides implanted fake memories of just about anything wanted but something goes wrong and he quickly finds himself on the run.

Ferrell is a good choice to reprise Arnold Schwarzenegger’s role because he is a much better actor and brings a subtle intensity to the role.  However, by far the standout bad ass in this film is Kate Beckinsale (Lori Quaid) as the government agent sent to act as Quaid/Hauser’s wife to keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn’t figure out who he really is.  Once he does all hell breaks loose as she is relentless in her pursuit to capture/kill him.  We also see Bill Nighy as Matthias, the rebel leader and Bryan Cranston as Cohaagen, the power hungry political leader and Jessica Biel, a rebel fighter and girlfriend who all do a great job in this film.

The special effects in this film are absolutely outstanding.  Although they stuck primarily to the original plot line certain rather cheesy parts were omitted and I for one was thankful and I believe this film was better for it.  They also took the Mars aspect of the storyline out because the entire film takes place on Earth in a future where only two portions are still habitable on polar opposites of the planet.  I for one am a huge fan of the digital updates made in this film.   Holographic displays, magnetically run cars, robots and other cool gadgets were really cool.  One scene in particular I loved was when Quaid/Hauser is at Rekall and through a series of events goes into an all-out killing rampage to save his life.  Normally, I wouldn’t enjoy a killing scene but the way in which the camera moved made it one of the best scenes special effect wise in this film. 

Although I did enjoy this film for the most part it does drag and points and there are some continuity flaws but I was able to look past them mostly because as with most of Hollywood’s films the viewer must suspend belief even in a science fiction film set in the future.  I liked this film because it took me down memory lane, kept most of the plot line from the original and wowed me with its special effects.  I would definitely suggest seeing this film on the big screen for the special effects alone.

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