Colin Farrell takes on an iconic role (originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the remake of the classic thriller Total Recall.
Colin Farrell takes on an iconic role (originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the remake of the classic thriller Total Recall. He's a capable choice for the befuddled Douglas Quaid, but the movie itself emphasizes the wrong elements and doesn't live up to its source material. Set at the end of the 21st century, only two countries remain: The United Federation of Britain, inhabited by the upper class, and The Colony, whose less-fortunate residents live in squalor. Like many in The Colony, everyman Douglas works on an assembly line, but he's not content with his life of drudgery. He seeks out Rekall, a lounge with technology that can implant freestanding realistic memories, like vacations. The needle, set to implant a spy adventure, is barely in his arm when his session is interrupted by a squad of robotic police, which, much to his own shock, he swiftly and instinctively annihilates.
Once Douglas escapes, he returns home to find his once-loving wife, Lori (Kate Beckinsale), isn't exactly happy to see him. She informs him that their seven-year marriage is just a false memory the government has implanted in him. Then she tries to kill him. Watching the dynamic shift between the two as Lori's demeanor changes and Douglas struggles to determine which memories are real is one of the few entertaining scenes in the movie. Unfortunately,Total Recall surrenders its main hook (is Douglas still in his dream-state?) too soon and veers into generic action territory as Douglas uncovers that his identity might have something to do with a massive political revolution. To find out what else I thought, just keep reading.