Review: ‘Total Recall’ features good visuals, bland plotWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
What if human memory could be replaced by something else, a new history downloaded to the brain?
This is the futuristic setting of “Total Recall,” a remake of the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The original was based on a 1966 short story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.”In this new update, Earth is a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by chemical warfare. There are only two livable areas left: the United Federation of Britain (in present-day Great Britain) and the Colony (in Australia). Looks like the Americas were done in and are uninhabitable. Both of the remaining areas are connected via a transportation tunnel through the Earth’s core. The poor and outcast live in the Colony.
Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) lives in the Colony and commutes to the Federation for a factory job assembled military robots. He is discontented with his life and feels something is awry.And to fix his discontent is Rekall, a company specializing in artificial memory implants.
“What is life but a chemical reaction,” states the memory wizard at the company.
Before Doug receives his new memories — he chooses those of a spy — something goes wrong.
Turns out Doug has been living a lie. What exactly happened in his past? And who exactly is he? These questions lead him on a police-chasing, gun-shooting adventure.
This new remake benefits from better visual effects and technology. The visuals work and the art direction is very eye-catching.
The story itself, however, has some promise but fails to ever push beyond its surface, particularly with its characters. Never mind the fact that traveling through the Earth’s core would be one heck of feat, but curing the air on the planet is impossible.
Over all, the new “Total Recall” is flashier and passes as a form of entertainment. Since moviegoers have already seen some fantastic blockbusters this summer, it’s easy to say this new release will be forgotten.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language.
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Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays.