James' Review of Total Recall
Total Recall is hands down my favourite movie; it's the ultimate sci-fi action movie. This remake is a rush of fast paced action with a breathtaking world at the centre of the story. Colin Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who visits Rekall, a revolutionary company who can implant fake memories of a life their client's wish they had. Quaid's dreams of becoming a super spy soon become real as he is forced to go on the run and the line between what's real and what's not blurs. What follows is a heart-pounding chase movie that spans across the stunningly created world of the "UFB" and "The Colony", with landscape visual effects that are the best I have ever seen, you will be fully immersed into the world of Recall.
Taking the lead role is Colin Farrell who plays Quaid this time round, I prefer Farrell over Schwarzenegger's original Quaid, Farrell seems more realistic and vulnerable whereas Arnie will always be Terminator to me, an unbreakable machine. The supporting cast are excellent, they don't fall behind the main characters shadow and they are well fitted to the film, but it's fair to say that the film really gets going when Kate Beckinsale turns to that sexy British accent of hers and reveals herself to Quaid, "I'm UFB police Intel, assigned to play your wife, six weeks ago I didn't even know you." Lori literally snaps, switches to bad girl mode and every single camera shot of her is hot, and Beckinsale's evil facial expressions are awesomely sexy, she propels this movie, a one woman killing machine filled with motivation to kill her target and a knack for defying her leader's orders. Jessica Biel doesn't shine as much as Beckinsale, but she is excellent in all the fight scenes and she carries the emotional bulk for the movie, which is a big job. The only little issue is that Bill Nighy is heavily underused and Bryan Cranston isn't seen much until the end but where he appears he is good as a villain. The best news is that the characters don't fall back behind the action; they are focused on closely during the action. I can't get over how exhilarating the sequences are, they are some of the best I have ever seen, each of them are expertly crafted, very well shot and wild from start to finish. The Hover Car sequence moves so fast you feel part of the chase thanks to seamless visuals and a riveting motion, plus the camera focuses on the characters getting knocked about as they dodge and ram into traffic at ridiculous speeds. The elevator scene is suspenseful as Quaid and Melina jump from unbelievable heights to escape capture, there's a great catfight in a lift between Lori and Melina who punch the hell out of each other whilst Quaid fights against a synthetic cop. I loved the chase from Quaid's home at the start when Lori chases after him, and the finale on "The Fall" is explosive and brutal, with an epic Zero Gravity sequences and a bold fight on the top.
Len Wiseman's superb direction and lens flare effects give this movie a stunning look, the excellent cast blend together very nicely along with a haunting and futuristic soundtrack that fits so well with the on-screen action, especially during the Hover Car chase and Elevator sequence, it sounds amazing. The cast are spectacular, with Kate Beckinsale stealing the show. The special effects are outstanding; Total Recall is action perfection and strong storytelling from top to bottom. Final Score: 99%