First off, don’t even think of comparing the new Len Wiseman Total Recall to the Paul Verhoeven Total Recall of 1990. The plot is different, the setting is different, and the idea is about the only thing that’s the same. There’s no Mars, No aliens, no mutants, not dome. No Arnie saying “Get your ass to Mars.” No Kuato, and no mining. Purge all of that for this movie. Let me know when you’re ready.
Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is a factory worker living in The Colony, an overcrowded, run down, slum that used to be Australia. 90% of the world is now wasteland, uninhabitable, and destroyed by war, pollution, and all sorts of bad human deeds. Quaid’s wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale) is an emergency responder. On the other side of the world in what used to be England, the richer, better off live and in order commute back and forth, from the Colony to the United Federation of Britain (UFB) one must travel through the center of the earth on a shuttle like system called “The Fall.”
Quaid keeps having unexplained dreams and he wants something to make them go away. Maybe a chemically induced memory from the company Recall will do the trick. Quaid finds out the world in which he lives isn’t as it seems and that Melina (Jessica Biel) is not just a woman from his dreams. In fact he is a lot closer to the Rebellion between Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) and Matthias (Bill Nighy) than he thought.
Enough of the spoiler. Do not try to go into this movie ready to compare it to the old one. Watch it as a standalone movie and be pleasantly surprised when you see similarities on the screen to the old movie.
Graphically, this movie was very good. The synthetic robot sentries were very cool and animated nicely. The background was chaotic and futuristic enough to give you a great feel for the movie and the action is fast and furious. Very similar to I, Robot.
It is a good movie to watch, just understand, it’s not the movie from the 90’s. To answer that burning question in the back of your mind… Yes…. The three breasted woman is in this one too!
Official Site: http://www.welcometorecall.com/
Director: Len Wiseman
Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel