I’ll be the first to admit I wanted nothing to do with Len Wiseman’s (of “Underworld” franchisedom) 2012 remake of “Total Recall”. Nevermind it stars Kate Beckinsale. After all, she’s in the role originated by Sharon-freakin-Stone. Sharon. Stone. Nevermind it co-stars Bill Nighy (another “Underworld” alum) and everyone’s favorite chemist, Bryan Cranston. Wiseman’s “Total Recall” could only amount in failure, in my mind. So much for my age-old belief that when you walk into the cinema, you should check your expectations at the door.
While “Total Recall” is thematically similar to the 1990 version made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger and (in)famous by a three-breasted mutant, Wiseman’s version somehow poses a darker and more tangible future in which the world has been sharply and finitely divided into the haves and the have-nots. While both stories are based, loosely, on the same Philip K. Dick short story (“We Can Remember It for you Wholesale”) each film has its own flavor. Sure, as with any sci-fi flick you may find yourself catching on the parts of the story that seem implausible (travelling through the center of the Earth, you say?), but remember, you’re watching a film, not a documentary.
I’m happy to report Kate Beckinsale is the ultimate Lori Quaid, all due respect to the leotard-wearing 1990 version played by Stone. Beckinsale is as physical and imposing as any male action hero, only faster and more fun to look at. Beckinsale clearly has what it takes to carry a film.
With all the remakes we’re being inundated with these days, it’s sad to see so few daring choices being made. In its mildness, “Total Recall” still manages to be halfway entertaining.
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Official site: Total Recall (2012) Official Site
Watch the trailer: Total Recall (2012) Official Trailer