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1 and 1/2 out of 4 stars
I wish there was an actual place I could go and have new memories implanted -- that way I could replace my memory of seeing "Total Recall" with something more pleasant. I haven't seen the original, so I didn't have any preconceived notions, but from the beginning I was already bored.
There was plenty of action, but I felt like I had seen it all before. It felt like the director was just going through the motions -- there was no joy or fun. It was not engaging and I didn't care about Colin Farrell's character at all. This movie was pointless, which may be why it came out in the late summer wasteland known as August. It's not worth your time.
-- Laurel Grams, Lawrenceville
3 out of 4 stars
It is usually hard to remake a hit movie as history has shown and "Total Recall" is no exception. With that said, without comparing it to its 1990 predecessor that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, this "Total Recall" is an action packed thrill ride from the beginning to the end.
The movie takes place in a futuristic 2084 after a chemical world war leaves only two populated areas on opposite sides of the earth livable. They are connected by a chute called "The Fall" that transports people through the center of earth from the poorer area called the Colony to the upper-class United Federation of Britain.
Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is a factory worker in a boring job assembling synthetic robots who dreams to have a more exciting life. He decides to visit a place called Rekall that implants a terrific memory in your head so you believe you lived it. The procedure goes wrong for Doug, causing him to realize he is not the man he thought he was. He finds himself running from the police and even his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale) who tries to kill him. He teams up with Melina (Jessica Biel), who was haunting his dreams, to help the Colony rebellion win freedom from the oppressive UFB led by Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston).
Although the story line is a little shallow, it makes up for it with non-stop chase scenes, fighting action, great acting and stunning CGI. Fans of the original movie will be a little disappointed in the changes from the original film, but those who never saw the first one will enjoy a true high speed action movie.
-- Ken Gamble, Lawrenceville
2 out of 4 stars
This action-packed sci-fi movie was not worth telling anybody about after I walked out of the theater. The lead character is Colin Farrell, who I was surprised could hold the leading role and did very strongly. There was his wife, Kate Beckinsale, who kicked butt through out the entire movie and she's great at these types of roles. Then there was Jessica Biel, who played his girlfriend from his dreams, and let's just say, somebody had to play that part, but they should have chosen a different actress.
The movie is a total sci-fi film, packed full of action. It seemed almost to be too much action and too little story line. The movie is not two hours long, but I was ready for it to be over about an hour into it. I wished I would have chosen another movie to see over this one. So if you haven't seen it yet, I'd say wait for the rental and don't waste your $11.
-- Kelly Cain, Lawrenceville