Total Recall

Posted on August 4, 2012


Total Recall – I can’t compare this to the 1990 version since I didn’t see it, but on its own, it’s pretty darn good.  It’s early 22nd Century and the only countries left are the United Federation of Britain and the Colony, which looks like ghetto New York combined with Chinatown.  Colin Farrell (Douglas Quaid), married to Lori (Kate Beckinsale), is a factory worker in a futuristic industrialized world who keeps having strange dreams.  He goes to Rekall to have different memories implanted.  Just as he’s about to be injected, he’s accused of being a spy and all hell breaks loose.   In the nick of time, Melina (Jessica Biel) shows up in a tricked out Batmobile and Doug finds out he’s really Carl Houser, spy extraordinaire.  Now he has to decide what to believe.  Lori who is on the other team  is one mad woman as she fights to take him out. 

There’s more than a bit of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in here with  back against back shooting sessions, run-stop-drop & slide moves, and “You still out there, baby?”  Some of the jumps Doug/Carl and Melina make would leave Superman in the dust.  From life-like robots to fingerprint and eye identification for safe deposit boxes, plenty of technology is used.  One of the coolest things is a phone embedded in your hand.  For people who are constantly losing their phone, this looks like a winner.


It’s action packed and loaded with violence, but there’s no sex and no dirty words, so feel free to take the kids.  For those who don’t know, Colin Farrell, known as Hollywood’s bad boy, is one pretty boy.