Near the end of the 21st century the world fell victim to biological warfare, rendering a majority of Earth inhabitable. Since then, living space has become humanity’s most valuable resource, split between west Europe, now the United Federation of Britain, and north Australia, The Colony. Workers from The Colony travel through The Fall, a tram which splits the world in half – literally. Since the division, a rebel group known as the Resistance has been spreading the word of the Federation’s exploitation of The Colony. Caught in the middle is Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell), a factory worker whose mind holds secrets which can save the remaining world from a devastating political attack.
I think it’s fair to say that this Total Recall is a totally different movie from the original Total Recall. So it’s not like I can say if one was better than the other, it’s just different. In this version, we get the concept of the original mixed with political overtones then filtered through a Blade Runner aesthetic but with plenty of lens flares, strobe lights, and dubstep to remind you that this is 2012. Don’t worry, there are still some things close to the original…
In all seriousness, Total Recall is a pretty solid standalone sci-fi flick. It’s well acted, well choreographed, and entertaining all through. Honestly, my only problem (other than the damn lens flares) was Kate Beckinsale’s character – seriously, if you’re going to kill someone, kill them already! Theatrics never work unless you have a backup! Alas, common flaw aside, she was a pretty decent hateable cookie-cutter villain.
Regardless, I’m glad to see sci-fis are getting back into gear this year. I have a good feeling about this guys.
Final Grade: A-