2012 Total Recall Review

I’ll just tell you now, it was a waste of time.

Cast:

Colin Farrell
Kate Beckinsale
Jessica Biel
Bryan Cranston
Bokeem Woodbine
Bill Nighy
John Cho

Plot: “A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.” -imdb.com

Run time: 118 Mins

Yes this movie is entertaining, it’s a summer movie. TDKR was entertaining, but the general feel of the movie sucked. The story differs from the original, from minor details to big key plot points, & for that reason, it ruins the movie. As I said for the 1990 version, it’s about some dude that leads a bit of a mediocre life, and wants to get “new” memories blah blah blah. The main point to this story is the same, just overall it’s a let down.

The acting in this movie is lacking luster from everyone. It may be from the editing, but let’s not make excuses. Colin Ferrel hasn’t been a great actor to me, ever. Not that I’ve seen all his movies, but his performance made Arnold seem like an oscar performance. Even Bryan Cransiton seemed bad, and I like him a lot as an actor. The fight scenes for the girls…My gosh that’s the best acted part to the movie. Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale just did a lot of work for their roles, however they’re both small and not as important. I think everyone’s best moments were in the beginning (or when introduced to the story).

The S/FX were pretty cool I will admit, they made Toronto not look like Toronto at all. Even the “Australia” location seemed very cool. Oh yes, it’s not based on Mars here. I don’t know if this take is closer to the source material, but one would only assume it is. Everything seemed large and believable, and sort of over the top, which worked but also didn’t work in its favour. Even the audio was decent. There were a few dropped sentences which may have been important, but then again this movie put me to sleep like twice.

Honestly, This movie failed. It never should have been made. We didn’t need a reboot/remake to the original. None of Arnold’s movies need to be redone, at all, for any reason. That move was a classic for the makeup effects alone, much less the story and the way it unfolds, and makes you wonder. Come the end of the 2012 movie, from what I saw, I didn’t need to guess which was real or fake. Maybe one day I’ll rewatch it and I’ll be impressed with this, but I highly doubt that probability.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 2.7 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? NOTHING!!!

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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