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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original and more science in the :"Sci-Fi"!
Same tale, with a few changes. No Mars, this time...chemical warfare has tainted most of the Earth. There's only two inhabitable regions: an enlarged British republic and "The Colony" (Australia).. Most of the "have nots" live in The Colony and commute on what's basically a super-subway which goes right through the Earth's core (obviously, advanced...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lens Flare: The Movie
After twenty years, it was probably inevitable that Hollywood would remake "Total Recall." Sadly, the remake version of "Total Recall" isn't nearly as good as the original -- a giant chunk of the plot has been jettisoned (goodbye, Mars! Farewell, mutants!) and so has most of the humor and character development. Taken on its own merits, it's a decent enough...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lens Flare: The Movie, Feb. 23 2014
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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After twenty years, it was probably inevitable that Hollywood would remake "Total Recall." Sadly, the remake version of "Total Recall" isn't nearly as good as the original -- a giant chunk of the plot has been jettisoned (goodbye, Mars! Farewell, mutants!) and so has most of the humor and character development. Taken on its own merits, it's a decent enough sci-fi thriller, with some outstanding special effects and a solid (if underdeveloped) performance by Colin Farrell.

On impulse, Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) decides to go to Rekall, a company that implants false memories for entertainment. But things instantly go very wrong -- a SWAT team bursts in and kills the Rekall employees, and on instinct Quaid kills all of them. When he runs home in a blind panic, his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale) also tries to kill him, and reveals that she isn't even really his wife.

Quaid goes on the run, with only a few cryptic messages and a mysterious safe-deposit box to guide him. But as Lori and the police chase him through the Colony (Australia) and the the United Federation of Britain, he meets a woman (Jessica Biel) who knows him from the past he can't remember -- and might help him bring about a new future.

Anyone expecting a straight remake of "Total Recall" will be disappointed -- no Mars, no Bennie, no Kuato, no mysterious terraforming engines, and a good chunk of the plot twists have been removed. Oh, and no mutants... well, except for the famous three-breasted woman, whose third breast is never explained because we never see another mutant of any kind.

No, this movie is grimly determined to be dark, gritty and "realistic," depicting a future where the world has been devastated into near-unlivability, and only Australia and a portion of Europe are still semi-normal. It's an intriguing idea, and it is handled in a fairly plausible way... well, except for the giant gravity elevator zipping through the Earth's mantle. That seems far-fetched.

Len Wiseman is at his best with the action scenes -- big explosive battles involving magnetic cars, killer robots and bombs, as well as a lot of people shooting at each other. And the future societies are intriguingly-depicted -- either they're grimy, murky cyberpunk mazes (think "Blade Runner, but less pretty) or cold sterile technohaunts. In fact, the movie could really use some moments of humor or warmth, but neither ever appears.

Also... what is with the lens flare? Barely a scene goes by without a lens flare trying to blind me! Was Wiseman possessed by the spirit of JJ Abrams?

Colin Farrell gives a typically excellent performance as Doug Quaid/Carl Hauser -- he starts off as a nice ordinary guy, becomes a terrified, confused fugitive, and becomes stronger and more intense as he finds out about his past. But most of the other actors are playing roles that feel half-baked -- for instance, we don't know why Lori has such an obsessive hatred of her "husband." Beckinsale, Biel and Bryan Cranston give decent performances, but Bill Nighy is clearly just phoning it in.

"Total Recall" is a mixed bag of pluses and minuses. Those seeking explosive sci-fi action and a good Colin Farrell performance will love it, but don't expect much fidelity to the film it remakes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original and more science in the :"Sci-Fi"!, Feb. 23 2013
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Same tale, with a few changes. No Mars, this time...chemical warfare has tainted most of the Earth. There's only two inhabitable regions: an enlarged British republic and "The Colony" (Australia).. Most of the "have nots" live in The Colony and commute on what's basically a super-subway which goes right through the Earth's core (obviously, advanced technology but you wouldn't catch me riding in the damn thing! Colin Farrel plays Quaid this time and does a good job. He's better actor than Arnold was at the tome. Plus at 14A, it doesn't have the unneeded gratuitous violence as in Verhoeven's version. Hauser, this time, has left plenty of recorded messages for himself to help survive. Also, in this version the government's propaganda machine has Colonists, who wish equality, as terrorists.

There are occasional pokes at the original and the film is incredibly fast-paced.

PS I gave it an extra star because the science was more real. In the first version, they supposed ended up with Mars with an Earth-like atmosphere. Unless the breathing air ice was in infinite supply, the air would just bleed quickly into space. Reason: Mars isn't massive enough to hold that much atmosphere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 3 2014
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Gabriel Daniel (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Très bon service et produit.
Merci,
Gabriel Daniel
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, April 7 2014
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The movies was not bad, but CD had a little bit problem. when I watched it, it was interrupted for a while. but it is OK
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4.0 out of 5 stars A change from the first one, March 30 2014
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It is a high quality Hollywood production. Thechnically well done, the story is interesting, altough somehow different from the original, wich is a good idea anyway. But the essence of the story is reused in this new one, with the amnesia, the false life of the hero, the communication of information in the future prepared by himself, the ultimate goal being to catch the leader of the resistance. There is also the girl who happens to know him from the past, and that will help him all the way. I liked the idea of the tunnel through the earth's center instead of transportation at the surface. The dual societies at opposite points of the world is also interesting. Very entertaining movie. I will Watch it again in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unreal, if you have a good theater, <sound system> this will test it nicely!, Feb. 22 2014
This review is from: Total Recall (Extended Director's Cut) [Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet] (Bilingual) (Blu-ray)
Was very surprized, did not know what to expect, kind of remember Arnolds version, this is way better. Great special effects, if you have a good TV and sound this will really show your system off! Loved it very fast paced great graphics , better than original mega base if you have 4 subs, like I do shakes your house ,lets you jump out of your sofa, highly recommend it. And for ten bucks way better than going out to see a movie, buy it you won't be sorry, good for your collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Kate in this Movie., Sept. 14 2013
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This movie was full of action and suspense. Recommend it highly. Pretty much follows the same story line as the original with Arnie and Sharon in it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, Feb. 26 2013
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This is a great sci-fi movie. The CGI is really good. Collin Farrell's acting is excellent. The only downside for me is Jessica Biel. I'm not a fan. It would have been better if Kate Beckinsale had her part instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Arnie., Dec 23 2014
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Thomas Kryton (Calgary, Alberta Canada) - See all my reviews
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A much better rendition than the original. Colin Farrell adds a darker edge to the work and this version works much better than the original.
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3.0 out of 5 stars UltraViolet is NOT a Digital Copy, May 21 2014
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Richard Wakefield (Burnaby, BC Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Total Recall (Extended Director's Cut) [Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet] (Bilingual) (Blu-ray)
When I get a movie that advertises a digital copy, I expect to be able to enter a code into iTunes and be able to watch this on my iPad for when I travel. There are a few problems with UltraViolet, however. First, setting up an account is a very frustrating experience. It requires a very specific browser setup using Microsoft's Silverlight which, in case you weren't aware, is now an obsolete technology that Microsoft has effectively abandoned. Getting this running on my Mac was an exercise in frustration which, as a software guy, is very rare. Second, even after jumping through all these hoops the only thing you can do is stream the video while online. Naturally, this is not feasible during a flight or other place where you have insufficient internet connectivity. It's the equivalent of getting a digital copy of a song but where the only way to listen to it is to make a phone call.

That aside, the movie itself is decent. I still prefer the original Total Recall as this version feels a little too over-choreographed for the action scenes and relies heavily on special effects as filler rather than letting the story drive the scenes. I'm all for killer action and gratuitous special effects, but they need to complement the story rather than being the main feature and at the end I was left with the impression that this movie is a montage of many other sci-fi cliches. That's to be somewhat expected given that it's a remake loosely following the same Phillip K. Dick short story.

3.5/5 for the movie itself. Rounded down due to the use of UltraViolet rather than a true digital copy.
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