Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police - controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen, the leader of the free world - Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter to find the head of the underground resistance and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.
The first half-hour is thrilling, especially if you have never seen or cannot "recall" the original 1990 version with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone. Not for lack of supreme effort Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel were unable to generate enough interest to illicit a modicum of empathy from the audience. Possibly, it was the condensed script (at its most loquacious, barely three pages), or the massive inundation of recent sci-fi films, or the placid predictability of the outcome.
Farrell is confused, confounded "Douglas Quaid", plagued by nightmares (neglected to mention it is 2084); huge memory chasms, working in a monotonous job, making mannequins of mass destruction. He goes to "rekall" (futuristic poetic license) to fill in recollection lacunas and perhaps create a new persona; during this process things go awry; Quaid is on the run, overcoming vicissitudes at the herculean level, until evil is felled and good prevails, etc.
The major anomaly of "Total Recall" was at the end of the twenty-first century cars function both vertically and horizontally; cell phones are embedded in one's hand; robotic officers are ubiquitous but the world resembles East Berlin of the 1950's; shells of gothic churches, barely an echo of past resplendence; clothes hung outside to dry, withering on sunless porches; wars have been fought, but the victors destroyed the "spoils"; gloom and detritus prevail; anyone would crave forgetting, recalling a more optimistic, edifying era, (circa 2012).
In conclusion, if one is avoiding pondering foot surgery, hip replacement or acupuncture "Total Recall" might cauterize the inevitable for a brief time; otherwise, you would be better served by reading Dostoevsky, Silva, or E. L. James.
First of all this is a much different movie than the original. Only the basic premise of the movie is the same. Thankfully it doesn't change the fact that It's still a good movie.
The action scenes are great, and well spaced. The new overreaching plot line worked, but had a few holes in it. The only thing that the new movie fell flat on was the ending. In the original a whole planet was changed. In the newest iteration the ending just didn't have the same epic finale. It seem like it was more like the end of one of many battles rather than ending the story's conflict for good.
If you liked the original, you'll like this one. If the original was one of your favorites, then you will probably be disappointed.