The 2012 remake "Total Recall" is an absolute mess, that is not only confusing, but extremely hard to follow. It has some memorable action set-pieces. But with mediocre performances and a terrible script the action is forgettable as was the film itself
Story: (2.5/5) - The story here is trying to separate itself as far away from the original as possible. There are some hints at the original like the girl with 3 boobs (which i was surprised considering this was PG13 that we actually got to see them). But really other than that oh and his name is Douglas Quaid. The story is nothing special. Its more than likely the best thing about the film beside the action. But the script really does not give anything for such well known actors to do with. Which leads into Acting. Acting (0.5/5) - This was some of the worst performances i have seen this year I wanted to shoot Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel was totally annoying. While Colin Ferrell's voice gets so deep and its just hard to even hear him. Christian Bale's Batman would be like WTF?. The only good talent in this film was Bryan Cranston as the evil villain if you will where he is in for a whole 10mins. Along with Bill Nighy a wonderfully talented actor that never gets more than 2mins of screen time in the entire movie. Why not cast people we don't care about for the roles of people that are barley in the film and John Cho was the head of Rekall. Directing: (2/5) - While i do give some props to Len Wisemen because the film was not released in 3D - his direction was still muffled and if what he wanted was an action picture and not a good movie well then he succeed.
Overall: (1/5) - The 2012 remake "Total Recall" is an absolute mess, that is not only confusing, but extremely hard to follow. It has some memorable action set-pieces. But with mediocre performances and a terrible script the action is forgettable as was the film itself. With the film as bad as it is, A 1 is the best i can do. If you loved the original to a point where your planning a trip to see this, well than chances are your going to be dissapointed. It has the elements to make for something entertaining and it almost makes for something audiences would remember. But now this film will be lucky to make anything north of $50million. Maybe the world was not ready for a Total Recall remake? or maybe we just did not ask for one. Whatever the case one thing is for sure. Total Recall is a mess. It tries to contrive some story line or resemble a plot but its idea of making you think really only confuses me more. There are so many things going on at once that i began to question my sanity at points and constantly asking myself what the hell is going on?. I was staring at a screen but nothing was holding my attention. But sadly this film fails to accomplish anything. Its truly a sad day when a beloved original classic gets a crappy remake such as this.
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