“Total Recall” is a totally unnecessary remake of a moderately amusing sci-fi thriller from 1990. The 2012 version starring Colin Farrell is about as memorable as yesterday’s lunch. Perhaps Rekall (the fictional memory implantation company in the story) could artificially implant some memories of what exactly happened in MY mind.
Farrell stars as Quaid, a blue-collar worker who would like a little something extra out of life in the 21st century. He goes to Rekall so he can experience what it would be like to be a secret agent. Only the implantation process backfires. You see Quaid was already a spy with repressed memories. His present life was only a fabrication.
If you’ve seen the Arnold Schwarzenegger version, then you know what happens next. Quaid seeks the leader of a rebel group and re-discovers his skills as a killing machine.
The main problem with this remake is that it’s bland. The 1990 version was played for laughs. Oh, sure there was plenty of sci-fi action. But, the action almost seemed liked set-ups to Schwarzenegger’s one-liners. He was funny as he blew away the villains. Farrell is more like a “deer in the headlights.” His character fails to take charge of his own destiny.
The action and special effects in the 2012 film are above-average. There’s no shortage of exciting chase scenes, but to what effect? I just couldn’t remember much about what happened after leaving the theater. Grade: C-
Opening Date: August 3, 2012
Released by Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Runtime: 118 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (Another mistake, the original film was rated R)