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Plot: For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. Runtime: 118 mins Release Date: 02 Aug 2012
Well, reviewing this movie can be quite difficult... How am I supposed to evaluate it? As a stand-alone movie or as a remake? Because if you are not falling from, um, Mars you probably know this is a remake of one of the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movies ever...Hmm... Let's see. How about starting with its' critical acclamation? I guess you can easily see the movie's rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If not, I recommend seeing it if you want a good laugh. 30%. That is it. Needless to say, any sane person would be shocked. Not because the movie is too good for that rating. You don't <more>
need to like the movie... You don't even need to have seen it to know something is very, very wrong here... I mean, 'Die Hard 4.0' has 81%... How the hell can the next movie created by the same writer/director have almost three times lower rating? I know, writers/directors don't always make movies of equal quality but the quality NEVER fluctuates that much. A little research about RT helped me realize a few things.First, critics tend to give sequels of beloved franchises high ratings - of all movies of that kind that I checked only one - 'Die Hard 3' - had less than 65%. Everything else - even the abysmal 'Attack of the Clones' - was rated as "Fresh".Second, critics tend to have a certain bias against sci-fi, fantasy and horror if they are not directed by a supposedly great name like Ridley Scott or Nolan. 'Willow' - a fantasy genre icon - has 49%. Go figure.Third, Rotten Tomatoes is not even a good representative of critics' opinion... I mean, does anybody believe the critics considered the last Indiana Jones movie better than 'Forrest Gump'? Check their awards and you will see. And yet.. Go and see. So much for RT being a good source...---I wasted your time with this but it just had to be told. Now, about the movie itself. Well, it IS good. It has its' shortcomings, mainly in the writing department, but it stands on its' own.As a stand alone movie... Well, after 'Prometheus' disappointed everyone, TR2012 is probably the best sci-fi movie of the year. It has a great story, great chemistry between the actors and the writing is at least acceptable although sometimes flawed. The acting was good from all actors. The only slight disappointment comes from Bill Nighy - he delivered a fine performance but he looked like he spent no more than an hour on the movie set. However his character, although important, has no more than 10 minutes of screen time so... Action-wise this movie is EXACTLY what 'Die Hard 4.0' was - relatively bloodless, wonderfully captured and complicatedly choreographed. Smooth camera movement, NO shaky cam, extremely long cuts - look at the first fight in the trailer and you will get it. And, believe me, the action looks better than that on the big screen. What is also worth mentioning is the fact that the movie feels more real than most sci-fi blockbusters recently, mostly because the use of CGI and green screens is as minimal as possible. I don't know why so many people think it is loaded with CGI. It isn't, trust me.Overall, as a stand alone movie the new 'Total Recall' works, and it works well.As a remake... Well, it did keep the basic story but that is it. Verhoeven's humor is gone. The blood is gone. The gore is gone. Mars is gone. Mutants are gone. Richter is gone. Arnold and his one-liners are gone. Although the story is basically the same, the new movie is completely different from the original. There are a few nods to the 1990 movie but that is it. This is a new movie.If you want to see the old one, see it. It is great. If you haven't seen it you will love it. If you already have seen it... you will love it again.The new movie is different. If you see it with an open mind you will probably like it at least a bit. Give it a chance. It is a good movie and a great entertainment.
Two stunning brunettes that oozed sex appeal throughout. What more could a man want in an action film. Jessica and Kate were stunning throughout, with looks that made my heart skip a beat.Not seen the original for many years, so can't comment on how it compares. However, I thought the story line held together and kept you in suspense throughout. I'm sure there were a few inconsistencies, but nothing that poetic license shouldn't cover. The pace of the film was fantastic, with never a dull moment. Effects made the whole thing look real which it clearly wasn't . Robots looked a <more>
bit too much like Star Wars storm-troopers crossed with those in I-Robot, which was a bit strange.But the best thing about this film: Two stunning brunettes that oozed sex appeal throughout. Only dilemma, which one to add to my "friends list" and who to bounce . I've decided to cheat and add them both under one entry, as a threesome.The story, CGI and everything else would make this an 8-9 out of 10, but the ladies make this film at least a 12 out of 10!
This is the best sci-fi movie I have seen in decades. I was blown away by the visuals, new interpretation of the plot and brilliant sound score. An amazing movie experience. My brain could scarcely keep up with what my eyes were seeing, it was that good. The visuals were on a scale and level of realism that I have not seen in any other sci-fi movie. The result: complete transportation into a dark and complex future. Like all great classics, the chemistry between the main characters Colin, Jessica & Kate was palpable. I'm pleased to see these three talented actors take their place in <more>
I liked it. Not like the original, but that's why I liked it. (by changx02)
Too many reviews comparing it to the 1990 film with Arnie. If the Arnie version was never put out, then everyone would be saying how great this adaptation really is in it's own merit. And seriously can you really say that you would have given the Arnie version a 10 if you saw it today, come on now .The action sequences were great. The fighting choreography was good. In all honesty I think Kate Beckinsale is one of the better female action stars out there, I mean she can really kick ass. Well the CG was awesome. The interpretation of the future was well though out. I especially liked that <more>
there were cars hovering and not "flying" using a magnetic levitation system very realistic look into the future of transportation . The plot was decent, and this is where it loses 1 star. I thought it did a great job adapting Philip K. Dick's science fiction story into it's own. However, I thought that it followed too similar in plot sequence of the 1990 film. It would have been a 10 for me otherwise. I wished that they could have really gone another way making it a complete mind f*** that would just blow our minds away. They could really had more fun with the memory thing. Overall, great action film and worth seeing. Just don't compare it to the 1990 film.
OMG what is up with some people ragging on this movie I'm a huge fan of the original Arnie version, one of my faves of his work, and was very worried they'd mess this up but I loved every minute of it.Yes they have changed the story up a little, no longer set on mars but on a damaged Earth which has only two parts of the planet actually live-able anymore not a spoiler as this is presented at the very start, written across the screen, and on all the board and IMDb .there is still a woman with 3 breasts but as she is wearing some kind of bra this was worthless to even have in it and I <more>
am a straight woman, why bother to show 3 tits if no one sees them, lame you've got two bad-ass female action stars kate beckinsale and jessica biel , kicking a lot of ass including each others, loved it. But even everyone else's fighting very fast, very damaging, very slick, much better fighting moves than the original still love it though .there was a lot more robots and amazing CGI, which they couldn't really do when the original came out really, anyone who watches the original can tell when it looks off. all the bits they changed / added that I thought would make it suck I really loved, I hated what his job was in this one but it came in handy in the end. plus all 3 of the main stars look hot as hell.for anyone would loves the original, this remake will not disappoint, there are even some bits that show off the original at times like in station/customs scene "2 weeks".PLEASE IF YOU Haven't ALREADY WATCHED IT, DO SO NOW THIS IS AMAZE BALLS!!!! thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, I only put it on to check quality of it but was so engrossed I had to watch the whole film right there right then, even thought it was 7:30am after having worked the night shift, its that good.anyone young thats seen and enjoyed or plans to watch please also watch the original as its a great movie too, and we should never forget where it came from. I'm only 27 but I hate when there is a reboot/remake of something I love and someone not much younger than me has no clue of the original film/TV show even existing, sickens me.
Just got back from mt local theater. Tonight I saw the sci-FY thriller "Total Recall" and I have to say: it was awesome. One of my favorite sci-FY movies of all time. The basic premise of the movie is that the antagonist used to lead a different life, and however it happened, he lost his memory. And now he's trying to figure out more about his past while trying to avoid the cops. Now, premise aside, let's talk about the movie.There was a lot to this movie that made it what it was in my mind. The visual effects were great and well thought out, which really made the action <more>
sequences stand out. Not only that, but the scenery looked really awesome and futuristic. The action sequences were good and gripping. My personal favorite would have to be the battle on top of and in the terminal that runs through the earth. The science behind the fiction was apparently almost perfect. And finally, the plot line was exceptional. It kept me hooked the whole time. It took a lot of turns that I did not see coming. I don't want to go into details and spoil anything. It was just exceptional.I do have a few complaints however. With all the things that were exceptional about this movie, the acting was not one of them. Don't get me wrong. The acting was good. It just was over shadowed by how awesome everything else was. None of the roles stood out to me as worth mentioning. But this is a minor complaint, because the acting was good. I enjoyed it. But I feel that if they had some better actors on board, the movie as a whole would be WAY better. The movie also had some predictable Hollywood moments. Nothing too bad. Just a bit personally irritating. Also, on a sad note, I had to face the fact that according to this movie, after hundreds of years, dubstep is still around. Let's try to change that : All in all, I'd give the new Total Recall a 8.4/10. Great movie. Truly one of the best of its kind. The only movie I could recommend above it would be the Dark Knight Rises if you STILL haven't seen it.Oh, and from one bro to another, the lead female actresses in this movie were not bad on the eyes in the slightest.
What can i say, i really enjoyed this movie. There are similarities to the original but the new twist was very entertaining. It is definitely a special effects lovers dream come true. I don't really understand why some people gave this movie a bad review when clearly this is much better than most of the c*ap out there. I presume that most of the haters are either somehow against the movie to begin with or just don't acknowledge a good movie when they see one. Overall i give it an 8 out of 10 and would recommend this movie to everyone. It was just as entertaining as the original albeit <more>
Is EXACTLY what its mean to be - a THRILL RIDE (by DJayXIII)
Before seeing this movie, I read many reviews. Many of them were giving this film a poor rating, stating that it doesn't come close to the original, stating that it doesn't have this or that, etc. I decided to ignore the reviews and form my own opinion of the movie - which is what you should do as well...First of all, in my opinion, this movie is not a remake - it seems more like a Reboot. Same concept, some of the same characters, story line has changed. Once you can accept this movie as a standalone and not compare it to the original - I believe you will be very pleased.Special <more>
effects are wonderful, Story was fast paced and exciting, actors are some of the best in the industry, and to me - it was a Thrill Ride from beginning to end.The only reason I give it an 8 instead of 10 is because I wish the movie had been just a little longer for character development and so that the movie didn't feel so rushed. Aside from that, I thought it was a great movie!Watch it and form your own opinion!
The critics where being to harsh (by DarkVulcan29)
Agreed it is flawed , but it's nowhere near the disaster of a film thats it's made out to be.In the far, far, future. Doug Quaid Colin Farrell a factory worker, and is happily married to Lori Kate Beckinsale , but feels his life has more to it then it should be, goes to a place called Rekall, a place that can make fantasizes as real has possible. But when they hook him up to the machine, he suddenly being called a spy, and troops come in, and Quaid takes them out Jason Bourne style , he goes on the run, and goes home in hopes that Lori will help, but she quickly tries to kill, only <more>
to discover that the life he thought was his, is not. He catches up to Melina Jessica Biel , someone who helps him, and she might be from his past? Will they uncover the truth before it's late?The futuristic setting is awesome. Colin Farrell is good, so is Bryan Cranston has the main villain. Kate Beckinsale steals the show as the evil Lori. Now Jessica Biel is so bland as Melina, there is nothing to her character, she is just there, nothing more. Action scenes, and effects don't disappoint. It's not as humorous like the original, but still an enjoyable popcorn action flick.