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Total Recall Review

Total Recall (15)
Reviewed by Rachel Geeson
Score: 4/5

Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman, is a science fiction action “remake” or “reboot” of the 1990 film of the same name, in turn loosely based on the 1966 short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick.

I haven’t seen the original film with Arnold Schwarzenegger, so I can’t really compare whether or not the two films are similar, but I do know that the last film featured on Mars, unlike this film which stays firmly on Earth. At the end of 21st Century, the Earth was divided into two territories — the United Federation of Britain (UFB) and the Colony (Australia) — after chemical warfare devastates the remainder of the planet.

Total Recall centres on Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), a factory worker and resident of The Colony. After having the same recurring nightmare and feeling like he’s missing something from his life, he decides to go to Rekall, a company that gives clients any memory they chose. As a slick-talking Rekall employee (played by John Cho) prepares to inject the fantasy of a secret agent lifestyle into Quaid’s brain, a team of elite forces cuts the procedure short, leading Quaid to realise that he isn’t who he thinks he is.

Not everyone would enjoy the film; however I’m a fan of action films and of the main cast of this film. Colin Farrell plays a good part and does suit this action genre. Although I do love his character of Ray from the film In Bruges (2008), he was great in the action thriller S.W.A.T (2003).

Jessica Biel fights alongside him as Melina, the tough resistance fighter played by Rachel Ticotin in Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 film. She’s convincing enough in Total Recall’s numerous action scenes and has some good fights with Quaid’s wife in the film, Lori, played by Kate Beckinsale. The Underworld actress also played her character well in the movie and proved to be a persistent part of the film.

Even though the castings for the main characters were chosen well, I think they made some mistakes casting the roles of Chancellor Vilos Cohaagen (played by Bryan Cranston) and Matthias Lair, the leader of the Resistance (played by Bill Nighy. The pair just didn’t look like they should be there. Don’t get me wrong Nighy and Cranston are great actors, but they just suit the comedy role better. When I saw Cranston on the screen I just thought of Hal from Malcolm in the Middle and when Nighly was on the screen I just thought of him from Shaun of the Dead and Love Actually.

This movie pretty much has everything a great action thriller needs; amazing car chases, massive explosions, lots of guns and a good, but slightly confusing storyline.

So why don’t you head down the Dorchester Plaza Cinema to see this visually impressive film.

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