As surprising as it may be..Total Recall "2012" wasn't too bad. I was a little apprehensive at first going into the movie, as remakes often fail before they leave the writing table.
But, surprisingly enough, the new version actually ended up being pretty good. Len Wiseman was sure to give several nods to the original 1990 film with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but also managed to add his own content twists in as well. The choice of Colin Farrell for lead wouldn't have been my first pick, but he did a decent job with the supporting help of the lovely, Jessica Biel.
One of the differences you first notice about the movie is that they now have the technology to do a lot of the visuals they wanted to create in the first
one. Although I think that the special effects and grit of the 90's version is what gave the original it's edge, even today.
Computers have definitely changed the way movies are created, but thatdoesn't always mean it makes them better, I'm just sayin. Aside from that, they explain the story a little clearer, so the plot of the movie isn't as foggy through the intricate scenes.
The overall story for those that haven't seen the 90's version(rent it today) is about a man named "Quaid" whose sense of self has been replaced with fake memories that conceal his true identity. This seems easy enough, but somehow his original mind gets reactivated and he is on a quest to find out who he is and whose responsible for the madness in his life. Fortunately, for him his former mind was smart enough to leave clues that would allow him to recover his mindset if any bad things ever happened to him. Yeah, I know it sounds crazy, but the movie's called "Total Recall" what do you expect? It's an interesting story, but it does take place in a future we are no where near as a whole.
Now, while Douglas Quaid is digging around trying to find out who he is, he's got the whole government trying to kill him. People that he thought he could trust turn into enemies and his enemies become his allies. It's a good thing for him that he has a specific skill-set that allows him to handle situations like that when things just pop up. This movie has plenty of explosions and near-death experiences to keep you entertained for a good hour or so, once it gets going. Isn't it funny how in movies they shoot 1000 bullets and no one gets hit... until it's scripted in.
Total Recall 2012 is a decent movie to watch if you want futuristic Sci-Fi on a Saturday, but I wouldn't cancel a date just to sit home and watch it. Personally, I would recommend seeing the original 90's version first before even watching this. You've got to catch the first one to really appreciate the story and edginess without all the Hollywood CG. An for the people that have already seen the original, I will tell you the triplets are alive an well!
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