Total Recall (Blu-ray)
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|Contributor||Colin Farrell, Len Wiseman, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel|
|Runtime||1 hour and 53 minutes|
Len Wiseman directs this sci-fi action thriller, a revisiting of the 1966 Philip K. Dick short story 'We Can Remember It for You Wholesale'. Initially adapted for cinema in 1990 with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the starring role, the story is resurrected once again in this glossy big-budget version starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Ethan Hawke. Farrell stars as factory worker Quaid, whose recurring dream leads him to suspect that he may be an unwitting spy in the ongoing war between nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai. But how can he find out if his suspicions are true, let alone establish which side he has been programmed to fight for?
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 70 Grams
- Director : Len Wiseman
- Media Format : Blu-ray, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 53 minutes
- Release date : 20 December 2012
- Actors : Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Colin Farrell
- Studio : Sony
- ASIN : B00E3PQ9VC
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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On impulse, Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) decides to go to Rekall, a company that implants false memories for entertainment. But things instantly go very wrong -- a SWAT team bursts in and kills the Rekall employees, and on instinct Quaid kills all of them. When he runs home in a blind panic, his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale) also tries to kill him, and reveals that she isn't even really his wife.
Quaid goes on the run, with only a few cryptic messages and a mysterious safe-deposit box to guide him. But as Lori and the police chase him through the Colony (Australia) and the the United Federation of Britain, he meets a woman (Jessica Biel) who knows him from the past he can't remember -- and might help him bring about a new future.
Anyone expecting a straight remake of "Total Recall" will be disappointed -- no Mars, no Bennie, no Kuato, no mysterious terraforming engines, and a good chunk of the plot twists have been removed. Oh, and no mutants... well, except for the famous three-breasted woman, whose third breast is never explained because we never see another mutant of any kind.
No, this movie is grimly determined to be dark, gritty and "realistic," depicting a future where the world has been devastated into near-unlivability, and only Australia and a portion of Europe are still semi-normal. It's an intriguing idea, and it is handled in a fairly plausible way... well, except for the giant gravity elevator zipping through the Earth's mantle. That seems far-fetched.
Len Wiseman is at his best with the action scenes -- big explosive battles involving magnetic cars, killer robots and bombs, as well as a lot of people shooting at each other. And the future societies are intriguingly-depicted -- either they're grimy, murky cyberpunk mazes (think "Blade Runner, but less pretty) or cold sterile technohaunts. In fact, the movie could really use some moments of humor or warmth, but neither ever appears.
Also... what is with the lens flare? Barely a scene goes by without a lens flare trying to blind me! Was Wiseman possessed by the spirit of JJ Abrams?
Colin Farrell gives a typically excellent performance as Doug Quaid/Carl Hauser -- he starts off as a nice ordinary guy, becomes a terrified, confused fugitive, and becomes stronger and more intense as he finds out about his past. But most of the other actors are playing roles that feel half-baked -- for instance, we don't know why Lori has such an obsessive hatred of her "husband." Beckinsale, Biel and Bryan Cranston give decent performances, but Bill Nighy is clearly just phoning it in.
"Total Recall" is a mixed bag of pluses and minuses. Those seeking explosive sci-fi action and a good Colin Farrell performance will love it, but don't expect much fidelity to the film it remakes.
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Dare I say it but the original 'Total Recall.' has never appealed to me all that much but this new version really does. In fact I'd go as far as to say that this is one of the best Sci-Fi action movies I've ever seen! For me it's on a par with 'I, Robot.'.
This is the Extended Cut and for me it's noticeably superior to the Theatrical Cut, with extra scenes (including one key, very wisely included alternate take) which make the story a bit clearer.
This may not be a 'Mastered in 4K' disc but I've had that release of the Theatrical Cut and I can tell you confidently that if you opt for this disc, you won't be losing out at all in terms of sharpness, resolution or colour saturation. It looks great!
In short; if you want the remake of 'Total Recall.' on blu ray, this is definitely the version to get.
But it isn't. Its fairly entertaining, but is let down by falling into the classic remake trap of the special effects vastly improving at the expense of the story. It's not developed enough to really let it be its own thing and deliver new, exciting twists. They've changed the location and the robots look fantastic, but the story doesn't deliver anything else that you weren't expecting. Not only is the new story weaker, the scenes they've obviously just lifted straight from the original don't have as much impact in this one. Its always cool to acknowledge another movie subtly, but not when its just ripping out chunks of content.
I wish they'd tried something radically different for the remake. I think if you haven't seen the Schwarzenegger version (which is easily better despite looking a bit dated) then you might like this a lot more. If you have then it sadly comes across as being a bit too much style over substance.
Its well made and does look good, an has good acting from the actors. But I found this film dull and hollow.
I know this film is based on the book, but the Other movie the 1990 movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger was a way better film. It was fun and exciting, yeah it isn't as good looking as the 2012 version but it has more soul. The 2012 version is just dull an bland.
I did like the robots an that it was based in England but its just kinda boring even the fight scenes were dull, it doesn't even have the blood like the 1990 film, that's what made it so cool, that had bone crunching action and had some humour which made it fun.
The 2012 film takes it more serious, but it still coulda been more exciting.
And yes it still has the woman with the three boobs lol.
Its still an ok film, but that's it really ok, Its just ok. Could of been better.