Review: Total Recall

Review 2012 by RD Clark



Total Recall

Written by: Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback
Kinda, sorta adapted from the story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Phillip K. Dick

Directed by: Len Wiseman

Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bokeem Woodbine

Rated PG

On a future Earth that has been ravaged by a plethora of disasters, an ordinary man is having some extraordinarily bad dreams. He hears of a place called Rekall that can implant memories, so he figures that he can replace his nightmares with something more pleasant. This does not go well.

I am a bit torn. On the one hand, one long chase scene, broken up by brief pauses for revelation and destruction, does not a movie make. Nor do plot holes through which you could throw Arnold Schwarzenegger. (For instance, why does a medical technician, when confronted by ten armed and armored cops, open fire on them?) I’m also very tired of seeing folks run through a hail of automatic weapon fire without getting a scratch. On the other hand, beautiful scenery, impressive special effects and solid acting by everyone did make the ride mostly enjoyable, helped by a score that enriched, rather than overrode the action.

I’ll give this a cautionary recommendation; go see it as a matinee and save some bucks. I’m happy I get a senior discount.

Flytrap rating: 6.5 / 10

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