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.