Bottom Line: Visually impressive, action-packed and frenetically paced…yet still incredibly hollow – this remake does very little to stand out from its creatively superior predecessor. Lacking any compelling dialogue and that ‘muscle of wit’ that Schwarzenegger so prominently flexed in the 1990 original, Colin Farrell still delivers a solid, no-nonsense action star performance – and bonus points to the double not-ugliness of Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel (Cat Fight! Saucer of milk…table two!). That, unfortunately, is where the high praise ends… All told, it felt like watching the unmotivated, uninteresting and unfocused cinematic, ménage a trois offspring of THE BOURNE IDENTITY, STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES and MINORITY REPORT. Your money, however, is well spent if you're looking for a mindless, shoot 'em up, popcorn flick - because TOTAL RECALL isn’t a movie you should forget about seeing…just one that you’ll struggle to one day remember.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston
Directed by: Len Wiseman (UNDERWORLD and LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD)
Running time: 118 minutes
Story: "Total Recall" is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife 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, the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter to find the head of the underground resistance 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. (Columbia Pictures)