TOTAL RECALL 2012Sony
2012
PG-13

“It’s true. Your memory was erased, your mind was implanted with a life you think you’ve lived.  You keeping up, baby?  There is no Douglas Quaid, there never was.”

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories.  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.  Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen, the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter to find the head of the underground resistance and stop Cohaagen.  The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

Hey, look!  Another remake!  And it’s one of a beloved sci-fi favorite staring a still-in-his-prime Ah-nuld.  And being something of a sci-fi geek myself, you should all be expecting me to rant and rave about remaking this movie, right?

Nope, sorry.

See, while I did enjoy the 1990 original adaptation of the Philip K. Dick (giggle) novella, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”, it just didn’t rank very high on my list of beloved sci-fi movies.  And let’s face it, that version hasn’t held up very well over the years.

Now, this recent reimagining we’re talking about.  I’ll just come out and say it – I believe I prefer this version over the 1990 movie.  I think this one manages to capture the claustrophobic and gritty future that could very well parallel another Philip K. Dick (giggle) adaptation, Blade Runner.  The action is pretty fast-paced and relentless, the actors giving a decent workable performance for an action-oriented sci-fi flick.  I found Colin Farrell to be much more believable in his role as the mind-wiped Douglas Quaid.  I will admit, though, that the paranoia and general “what is real?” mind games is lost, as I kind of knew what to expect.  Mind you, the plot here focuses more on political corruption, rather than greedy corporations, and there’s no trip to Mars.  But ,there’s an awesome Zero Gravity fight sequence in the center of the Earth.  Not to mention a few nods to the original film.

Look, I know I’m going to be inviting a flame war here by saying what I did, but I must be true to myself.  Whoever that may be.  Those of you who disagree with me thinking that Total Recall 2012 is more enjoyable than Total Recall 1990, we’re going to have to respectfully agree to disagree.  Despite the scientifically proven fact that my opinion on all things is far superior than any mere mortal.  Check this one out some time, at least.