Lately the craze has been all about rebooting movie franchises. From Spider-man to The Great Gatsby, Hollywood is reintroducing someone of the most loved movies to movie goers. Many people may complain that it is due to the fact that Hollywood is lacking creativity; however, the new Total Recall will leave people regretting even letting that thought come to mind. The reboot of Total Recall is probably the most original reboot movie audiences everywhere will get to embrace. With a new tone, character’s, setting, time line, and more, Len Wiseman’s version of Total Recall will blow you away.
Total Recall was originally released in 1990, with Actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, and Sharon Stone. The movie is based on the short story “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. And although many people know the story as the movie recalls it, with humor, a trip to Mars, and even mutants, Len Wiseman explores the darker, more realistic side that the Philip K. Dick originally intended.
This time around the viewers get a film that gets them thinking even after the movie is over. The film begins by introducing the viewer to Douglas Quiad (Colin Farrell) who is trying to save a female named Melina (Jessica Biel) from an army of robots. Suddenly Doug awakens in a sweat and is comforted by his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale), who tells him how silly the whole thing is. However the audience quickly learns that although this opening scene is only a dream, it is key to the events about to unravel. The threads come apart quickly when Doug decides that he is not living his life to the fullest. Being a construction worker with the same boring daily routine, Doug decides to visit a headquarters called “Rekall” that implants memories to make live more enjoyable. Doug wants to live out a journey of being a spy to fulfill his daily nightmares; however, things end up horribly wrong when Doug finds out he was a spy after all and his memory was erased. Doug ends up on a journey to find out who he really is, what his mission was as a spy, and what really makes someone who they are. The real question is left open to viewers though, what IS real life and what IS recall?
This version of Total Recall undoubtedly becomes a classic of it’s own due to quiet a few reasons. First off, the film is set in a future where the Earth only has two regions of land livable by man. One area being Great Britain and the second being “The Colony” (recognized as Australia by the audience). The dictator of Great Britain wants to take over control of Australia as well and has dictated a plan to over rule it. By setting the film in a more realistic future, it makes the film more believable and instantly makes it a film that reaches out of it’s sci-fi audience. Secondly, by focusing the movie more on Philip K. Dick’s story, people are forced to leave the audience thinking; something Philip K. Dick had set to accomplish with his writing career. Last but most certainly not least, the acting in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall is phenomenal. By incorporating an “average joe” actor such as Colin Farrell, the audience can easily relate and imagine the “what if this happened to me”. Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel all do an incredible job in conveying the perfect amount of emotion, desperation, and even the inner cries of a tortured soul to the audience. Something that let’s be honest, Arnold Schwarzenegger could have never accomplished.
So which will it be for you, reality or recall? Choose your side with Total Recall in theaters August 3rd!