Douglas Quaid is bored of a life where everything is perfect and everyday is like any other day. Hence he is on the lookout for some fun -- perhaps a chance to live his dream for real. What better way to do that than go in for a recall session. Time for dreams to come true? Or dreams to be shattered?
And you thought it's time to recall... rewind... reboot... the 1990 movie by the same name. Well, the plot is almost same, but rest assured, Total Recall 2012 is understandably more hi-tech, racy and edge-of-the-seat kind of sci-fi thriller.
But first, time for a little self-recall: Enter Circa 1990. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quail has a dream to live on Mars. Getting him back to reality each time is his wife Lori, till realities clash with memories at the Rekall centre. What follows next is a war on Mars... for Mars... by the Martians. Of course, the one standing tall is none other than Arnold himself as the man who is all out to get his facts in place. That's about all. Now this is exactly where the re-packaged Total Recall breaks away from its predecessor. Colin Farrell's Quaid is more quick with the kicks, good with the gadgets, great with the guns... and good with the babes. And when he is all confused, courtesy the reality versus fiction war, he looks it. Of course, he is smart to live in the moment: For him, it is not about who he was, but who he is. In this case, fighting for the right cause.
But the real surprise package in here is none other than Kate Beckinsale. Her punches do manage to give all action buffs the ample kick. As for all you playstation freaks, ample jaw dropping stuff out there - flying cars getting bashed up, helicopter chase aplenty, laser guns with special abilities to grip the victim, palm phones (literally), state-of-the-art monorails and lifts, super-tech buildings, gravity reversal moments, terrorist attacks and a clash of the United Federation of Britain with the Colony. Finally, for the literary buffs: What would have Total Recall (both the 1990 and 2012 version) been without Philip K Dick's short story titled: We can Remember It For You Wholesale.
So have no illusions... for Total Recall (2012) has no Martian landscape... no Martian tales... no Martians themselves, yet ample to go in for a total recall -- a new memory implant, we mean!
I had watched the older Total Recall several years back and quite liked it. This one is not exactly a remake but there are few similarities in the plot. Good storyline, action sequences and special effects. Recommended.
The original total recall with arnold schwarzenegger and sharon stone was far better. The concept of virtual holidays where u can choose your partner and your own character was new then. Many scenes have been copied from the original. this movie was total action and lacked the depth and the novelty. Sharon stone looked her best in the orignal.
I believe in the future we will be able to manipulate our memory. After all our past is just a memory and if we can change our past we can also change our attitude, character and personality in the present.
Nobody can come close to Arnold's stature in the 80s. There is a scene I remember from the 1987 movie Predator where he gets off the helicopter in the beginning wearing a red T-shirt and war fatigues... man what a personality.. Nobody even come close today,
My friend watches every movie and sometimes if I am not seen the movie before him then I take his lead... And this is what he said "Its a one time watch with some very average actions" So I guess as per him I would rate it as a onetime watch would come with my comment may be this weekend...
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