Total Recall (2012). Not a Remake, but a Recall of a Story with a Different Telling – review by Pael Spelle
Folks I have to say that I went to this movie basically expecting another typical recreation movie of the Total Recall that originally starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. What I saw on the screen had nothing to do with the first movie…
Both Total Recall movies are based on the science fiction novel We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, by Philip K. Dick, so of course the 1990 and the 2012 versions both have the same basic story. Our 2012 version however has nothing to do with Mars. There is a Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), who has awakened from a vivid dream of being a spy. When he wakes, he finds himself safe in bed with his wife Lori (portrayed by the ever beautiful Kate Beckinsale).
With the planet in a post apocalyptic state, only two areas of the planet are inhabitable. Living space is in high demand. One side of the planet is inhabited by the workers and the other side by the upper class. Workers transfer back and forth to the high side of society through the ‘Fall’, which is a high speed tube transport that goes straight through the earth’s core from one side of the planet to the other.
Quaid begins to question why he is having the dreams he has been having. To satisfy his curiosity, he goes to a memory implant facility, Rekall, to have a spy memory planted into his brain. That’s where things begin to happen as suddenly there seems to be an issue…Quaid has buried memories already of having been a double agent. He just can’t remember.
As Quaid finds himself suddenly in need of making an escape, he runs into Melina, played by Jessica Biel, who helps him make a dramatic getaway in a magnetic car. She races to get him to Mathias (the ever popular Bill Nighy,) who is the head of the worker revolt against unfair conditions imposed by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston.)
The action in this movie is non-stop. There is always something going on. Farrell, Beckinsale, Biel, Cranston, et al were a great cast for this movie. The special effects and scenes were fantastic with the plight in a futuristic city. The multi-level magnetic highway system was a fantastic creation!
Total Recall 2012 is a must see movie. I never say that about any film, but this one really impressed me. Believe me, it has nothing to do with the 1990 version, nor are they even comparable. Is one better than the other? I can’t say yes or no as they both have their quality for their time. I will say that you won’t hear this Quaid running around yelling ‘aagghhhaagggggggaaaahhhhh!’ throughout the whole film. Hands down, this was a great movie!
– Pael Spelle
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