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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Total Recall by Len Wiseman, 2012 (PG-13)

with Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Dead Man Down), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Bryan Cranston (Argo), Bill Nighy (Wild Target, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Girl in the Cafe, Rango), Jessica Biel (Playing for keeps), John Cho, Bokeem Woodbine, Will Yun Lee

In this futuristic action-adventure inspired by the hit 1990 film, factory drone Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) suspects that he's actually an elite spy whose memory has been wiped clean. But he's not sure which of the world's warring superpowers he's working for.

Hum... Big changes since the original version by Paul Verhoeven from 1990. Technology is amazing in this version, great ideas of transportation, communication, even in the way people handles their surrounding objects. But funnily, it all comes back to basic combat and guns, same old fights that have explosions that look all the same, same technique to put down a man, its creativity doesn't go beyond the usual. Also, the city they portray in this film is a mix of "The Fifth Element" and of course "Blade Runner" which for the second didn't surprise me since the original story was written by K. Dick. I just assumed that would become part of the same vision. Anyway, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and Bill Nighty are very convincing, but Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale are absolutely terrible actors in this genre. Colin Farrell is at his best when he plays uneducated Dublin kid but not smartest governmental agent. Kate Beckinsale was good once in "Shooting Fish" but since America chose her to play in "Pearl Harbor" and finally "Underworld", she became great stunt and forgot about acting... Anyway, please, go see the original 1990 Total Recall, not this movie (Read review of the old "Total Recall")

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