Remake of Total Recall a must see for sci-fi fans 0
It has been 22 years since the original Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on the big screen, and apparently that is long enough to warrant a remake of this sci-fi action film.
This time it is Colin Farrell who takes the lead role. Although he may not have the star or muscle power of Schwarzenegger, the updated special effects in this new version helps Farrell propel this into a decent remake.
In the not too distant future, there are only two places left on Earth that are inhabitable, England and Australia. The rich live in England and the poor in Australia and they commute to work via a tunnel through the centre of the earth.
Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is bored with his job in the robot factory and so he decides to visit Rekall, where happy memories are implanted for a fee. However, the trip to Rekall ends up triggering past memories and suddenly his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale) is trying to kill him and a resistance fighter (Jessica Biel) is trying to save him so the resistance can find a critical secret hidden in his brain.
There are few sci-fi films being released this summer so this may be the best bet for fans of this genre.
Total Recall is based on a short story written by Philip K. Dick whose stories have generated many interesting sci-fi films such as Blade Runner, Minority Report and Adjustment Bureau. The newest version of Total Recall is closer to the Dick story so there is no journey to Mars in this remake.
Director Len Wiseman is no stranger to action films, having directed and written two of the Underworld films.
Like the Underworld films Wiseman's spouse, Kate Beckinsale, is right in the middle of the action and her character has a much larger role than the original film.
Until next time, I will see you at the cinema.