Who doesn’t recall Director Paul Verhoeven‘s Total Recall (1990), Robocop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992)…? He makes gruesome scenes part of the story; hence, they are never disgusting to watch. I remember the scene where Robocop (Peter Weller) goes for Clarence J. Boddicker‘s (Kurtwood Smith) jugular, and blood is literally squirting out all over! Hey, what about the scene where Gus (George Dzundza) is in the elevator in Basic Instinct. Same goes for his Total Recall, remember those big-bulging-red-round eyes of Douglas Quaid/Hauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Melina (Rachel Ticotin) when they grasp for breathable air? My point is his movies have a certain style to them, which also include the other two that I also really like: Showgirls (1995),and Starship Troopers (1997).
Our current re-boot, re-marketed, repackaged … Total Recall (2012) is its own creation with director, Len Wiseman, of the Underworld’s fame, and I do like the franchise. Besides, who doesn’t (straight guys, gays, and even perhaps some lesbians) drool over Selene in her leather tights, with her kick-ass somersaults and killer shooting skill? It makes sense that Len’s real-life wife, Kate Beckinsale plays in most of his films, including this one as Lori Quaid, Douglas Quaid’s (Colin Farrell) fake wife! Jessica Biel is Melina. The villain is Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston). If you were partying like me in the 90’s, you had seen the 1990’s version, so no need to tell you the story. If you are of the younger generations, and haven’t seen the original yet, then see this one first! and most likely, you don’t really care about the story so much as the actions.
This is a fast-pace movie; hence, my last point, the story is really secondary. Nonetheless, it is about a tyrant, Cohaagen, runs two remaining livable colonies of the world, one is the old England (United Federation of Britain), and the other is old Australia (The Colony). They are connected through the earth’s core. Douglas Quaid is from the colony and unhappy with his routine life, so he goes to ReKall to get a virtual holiday, and he picks to be a secret agent.
I really like the visual of this film, even though a lot of them have been seen in other films of similar genre. Cat and mouse (cars) chase on multiple dimensional grids (The Fifth Element (1997) and Minority Report (2002)). There is a droid army ( I,Robot (2004) and Star Wars ), and the film itself à l’air Blade Runner (1982). There are pretty kewl tech toys too! like the “Palm phone”. Aside from the amazing CGI stuff, the chases among Douglas Quaid, Melina and the I-will-hunt-you-down-till-the-bitter-end-ex-fake-wife Lori Quaid are very entertaining and engaging!
The film is tight, no unnecessary BS conversations, and all actions! It is a good 2-hour ride! WATCH.
P.S. The blu-ray if done right can be another classic video testing disc to have.