Total Recall (Movie Review)

Total Recall

Total Recall

Hello true believers, Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall is slick and has great production values but somehow it just doesn’t have the provoke the same kind of excitement that the older movie had. The biggest thing that’s missing is the whole Mars spiel which sorta dials down the stakes that are presented in the plot.

Kate Beckinsale really shines as Lori Quaid in this one and I just “hated” her character which is quite an achievement especially as most of her roles sees her on the side of the angels. As usual she’s smokin’ hot and she’s more than just a pretty face with all her fast kicks & lightning fast action scenes. Colin Farrell & Jessica Biel aren’t as great in this one and if it weren’t for Kate Beckinsale I think the movie would’ve been super flat.

My memories of the original Total Recall are fuzzy but the thing that pulled this movie down for me was this; the critical plot twist is exactly the same in this one and if you can still remember stuff from the original then I’d suggest that you don’t bother with this one Discarding the entire backdrop of Mars didn’t help too. Anyways, I give Total Recall a so-so 2 out of 5. If you really don’t have anything else to catch as the summer blockbusters come to a trickle then I guess it’s worth it just for Kate Beckinsale.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Dr ParnassusI couldn’t resist catching this one late Thursday night but I must say that I am sorely disappointed by Terry Gilliam’s latest adventure. Perhaps it was caused by the untimely death of Heath Ledger, or perhaps the story in itself wasn’t well-crafted but I really didn’t enjoy Dr Parnassus.

The cast did a bang-up job in their individual performances but unfortunately that wasn’t enough. I particularly enjoyed Christopher Plummer in his role as the immortal Dr Parnassus and Tom Waits who played Mr Nick (a.k.a. The Devil). It was really good to see Heath Ledger and the movie is a tragic reminder of the loss of a great actor. Johnny Depp, Jude Law & Colin Farrell are all great in their individual performances but like I said, even with all the heavyweights there wasn’t enough in the story to hold my attention.

On the positive side of things the movie does display Gilliam’s vivid imagination and the main theme about making choices does stand out; of which I must give credit to the movie even though the plot felt very half-baked on the whole.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was a disappointment and not a very great way to start 2010 with at the cinema. If you’re thinking of hitting the cinema this week I would definitely recommend Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes which is a much better watch IMHO.

Rating: 1 Star (out of 5)