Saturday, December 22, 2012

Jason versus Total Recall (2012)

Gotta hand it to Colin Farrell, the dude has been lucky enough to star in two of the most unnecessary remakes of all time, yet both have been better than film fans deserve. Props to you, sir. And this time you get to make nice with two of the hottest women on the planet -- Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel. Well played, Colin. Well played.

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall -- a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led -- goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

As far as remakes go, this is pretty decent. It holds true to the original film -- which was itself an adaptation of Philip K.Dick's We Can Remember It For Your Wholesale -- while bringing new elements to the table, including an Earthbound resistance plot and bad to the ass set design.

Did I mention it stars Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, two of the hottest women on the planet? It does. Well played, Total Recall. Well played.

This is a fast paced and entertaining sci-fi/action movie that's mindless entertainment and spectacle and nothing more. You push play, switch your brain off, watch the pretty lights, and enjoy. As someone who grooved on Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990's classic, I wasn't offended by this. In fact, it works fine in its own right. Good for it.

Technically, this film is incredible, but I expect no less from a Hollywood blockbuster. It doesn't need to exist, but it does. I accept that, I enjoyed the one watch, and I'm done with it. A Bad from The Basement from me.

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