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Total Recall

GENRE: Action
DIRECTOR: Len Wiseman
WRITERS: Mark Bomback, James Vanderbilt and Kurt Wimmer
WHO’S IN IT: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Bill Nighy

THE STORY: Based on the 1966 short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) thinks he might really be a spy after a visit to Rekall ––  a company that implants people with fake memories of a life they would like to have had. Everything goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

IN MY OPINION: Dare I say I liked this version of the 1990 movie better than the one with Arnold Schwarzenegger? Yes, I will. Actually it wasn’t a total remake but another version based on the same book. I really think this one was better written. Additionally, technology has changed a lot since 1990 and this movie benefitted from it. It does seem a little far fetched that someone with Farrell’s build was able to take on and win a multitude of battles. At least he could pronounce his character’s name,unlike Schwarzenegger (sorry Arnold.) Both Kate Beckensale and Jessica Biel did a great job, especially in the fight scenes. Girl power rules. All in all it was a great movie and I’d highly recommend it.


  • Really enjoyed it. They did this remake well. Julayne Vodicka, Mt. Pleasant

(On the Big Screen is a regular monthly feature of The Laker Current and is compiled by staff writers. It is designed to spotlight movies being shown in local theaters.)


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