Total Recall details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Ethan Hawke|
|Collections:||Action, January - Action, Our Favourites, The Biggest and Best|
|Run time:||1 hour 58 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Jan 2013|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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A good film, only flawed by the originalBy TheWatchman (489 reviews) from Suburbia , 25 Jan 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Imagine a world where 1990 didnt happen. Then, some 22 years later, a sci-fi action film comes out where Colin Farrell plays a lowly construction worker who wakes up one morning to find out that he might be a spy and everyone is trying to kill him. Everyone would love it and hail it as a great film. However, 1990 DID happen and, during that year, Arnold Schwarzenegger released Total Recall a much loved sci-fi romp where he does all that and more. Therefore, many people (including me) said, Why are they bothering to remake it? To be fair, Colin Farrells version isnt bad: it has great sets, great special effects, awesome chases and some nice ideas (more based on the original source material short story by Phillip K Dick than Arnies version was). However, its major drawback is a sense that weve seen it all before. Every now and again, youll find a scene which is nearly word for word identical to the 1990 version and it keeps reminding you that youve actually seen this story before. I found this quite jarring. It gets the action and tension right and plays the whole things straight quite a major change from Arnies one-liners and pulpy comic book feel to the original. If you havent seen the original and you like sci-fi, then youre definitely missing out. I think for those who might not have seen it yet, theyll appreciate Colin Farrells version more. But this is a project that was always semi-doomed from the start. Schwarzeneggers version was always going to be too popular to completely match. Fair play for them for doing their best to go in a different direction, but I think this is one film that would actually benefit from NOT being called Total Recall. Its a good film and it certainly doesnt deserve the typical scorn that most remakes automatically receive. However, I still think it comes back to the question, Why did they bother?
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We can forget this film for you wholesaleBy TheGoodApocalypse (2 reviews) , 21 May 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideEssentially one long action sequence set in a discarded Blade Runner set. This film presents little of the subtlety of the PK Dick original short-story 'We Can Remember if for you Wholesale', and it makes the Arnie 1990 film version look deep and profound. Farrell is just not as believable in the role and there is really no tension in the drama. The scenes when the population of the Colony are fearing invasion are laughable, sub 50s B movie Sci-fi. Some of the action future car chase stuff is OK but it could just as easily be a car chase in any era when the police cars always end up in a metallic mess. Interesting to see, and once again proves that remakes are usually never worth the while.
Good waste of a couple of hoursBy a customer , 21 May 2013Pretty good action sequences and Kate Beckinsale rocked as the baddie wife, the ending was a bit of a let down and the relationship between Colin & Jessica was pretty wet & unconvincing. Good waste of a couple of hours though.
Very good filmBy Greengarfy (15 reviews) , 21 May 2013I actually really enjoyed this. I was dubious as I'm a big fan of the original, and to be honest this would have perhaps been better as a sequel or prequel rather than a remake, as the two films are barely recognisable as the same thing (except for character names, company names etc.) I don't usually like Colin Farrell but he was very good, as was the ridiculously hot Kate Beckinsale. Don't judge this based on the first film as they are completely different, and in my opinion- just as good as, if not better, than the original.
Enjoyable, worth a watchBy Dr_Nimble (6 reviews) , 20 May 2013The original is better but I feel this has been made in a respectful way. It is different enough to stand alone but has warm references to the older film. Watch as a film and don't focus on comparing to the original and you should enjoy it.
Kinda stupidBy TrustMeIKnow (3 reviews) , 19 May 2013This film is stupid. I'm sorry, I know people do unlikely stuff in movies, but seriously, fighting on the outside of a bus that's going through the centre of the earth?!! And dodging lifts in some sort of elevator catacomb? The story is dumb; from what I could make out the terrorists are against the earth bus and the mayor wants to blow up the city so he can build a new city. Yeah, that's pretty much it. And in between, colin farrell is running around trying to work out who he is, while having overly long chase/fight scenes that should have been much shorter.