Wednesday, 26 December 2012

DVD REVIEW: Total Recall - Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Len Wiseman - Sony Home Entertainment

Release Date: 26/12/12


Prepare for non-stop excitement and pulse-pounding thrills in this “smart, sexy and action-packed” (Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood) action thriller. Colin Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who visits Rekall, a revolutionary company that can turn his superspy fantasies into real memories. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, the line between fantasy and reality blurs as Quaid becomes a man on the run and the fate of his world hangs in the balance.

Co-starring Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston, Total Recall is bursting with mind-blowing action sequences and spectacular visual effects, the ultimate high-energy thrill-ride!


There are times when you want a film that gives you loads of action and has a real science fiction feel. That’s what I expected from this modern remake of what I consider to a fun film of the 90’s. Yet what I got from this was something that was not only sadly lacking but one that really didn’t work on so many levels.

Quaid needed to be vulnerable yet smart, an action hero and a guy that you would care about winning. Yet Farrell really didn’t bring that across for me as a viewer and to be honest that made it difficult to care about what was happening throughout. Add to this a plot that really ddn’t sell itself and felt poorly conceived alongside a sadly lacking script.

All round the effects were reasonable and with a couple of homages to the original within it did raise a smile or two when you spotted them. Yet when you look at it deeply its not a great film and one that I’ll not be watching again for quite some time choosing, my 90’s version instead.

1 comment:

Carl V. said...

It is unfortunate that they didn't play up the "is it real?" aspect that is so prevalent in Dick's story and in the Arnie version of the film. Visually this one is stunning and Beil and Beckinsale are easy on the eyes and do a nice job with it. I actually like Farrell in it too. The problem is they wrote the whole thing way to straight, way to linear, and didn't punch up the narrative with enough drama to make you care. I like the film, mostly because of the visuals, but it was overall a big disappointment as it wouldn't have taken a great deal more work to make it into something memorable.