Total Recall (12A)
Director : Len Wiseman
Website : Total Recall
This remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarznegger/Paul Verhoeven sci-fi juggernaut places all the action back on earth as I sit through another visit to Philip K. Dick's short story 'We Can Remember it for You Wholesale'.
This time it's Colin Farrell who takes the lead as Douglas Quaid, the everyman who discovers he's more than just a factory worker after a visit to Rekall for some implanted dreams. Unfortunately for this movie, the 'dream within a dream' motif has recently been far more successfully used in Inception where the dream landscape was more creatively imagined. Although Total Recall is solid in its distopian portrayal of a future Earth, it is a vision bought to the big screen in Blade Runner fully thirty years ago. There are a couple of nods to the 1990 movie and a nice twist on space travel with a drop through the planet. The action is non-stop with Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel adding a touch of glamour to the fight scenes and Colin Farrell is always watchable although emotionally underused in this character. The slightly simplified dream plot probably helped to keep the age rating lower but does dent the full impact of the movie, more of an action-fest than a sci-fi state of mind.
An action-packed three out of five stars.