Friday Flick: Total Recall

Official Description: Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

Unofficial Description: I DVR’d this.  Oy.

Ok – some positives.  It looked great.  Special FX?  Really well done.  Other than that?  It never hooked me.  It felt light on substance, like a story half-told.  I think it suffered from reboot-itus in that it was trying to rehash the same plots but put a new spin on it.  The problems come from that spin.  Pull a thread loose and everything unravels.  They didn’t do enough build up, make us care about the characters before jumping into the mind-fuck aspects and the revolution.


1 Comment

  • Paul (@princejvstin) Posted May 17, 2013 10:50 am

    And even the mind-fuck aspects aren’t done well. It’s never anything but clear that this isn’t a dream or scenario. The scene at Rekall is badly done.

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