A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.
Directed by Len Wiseman
Written by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback
Starring: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston
People are so divided over this movie. It’s a remake of a sci-fi classic, a movie so many of us Gen X-ers grew up with, so it’s instantly held to a double-standard. Nerds are opinionated hard-asses – we get it. In order to satisfy fans of the first film it must adhere to many tenants of the original, while adding just enough new twists to justify the remake. This new version isn’t as charming as the 1990 classic by Paul Verhoeven, but the rest of it more than makes up for it in my opinion. The casting is perfect, Ferrell obviously doesn’t have Arnold’s commanding presence, but he delivers an effective and believable delivery to this leading man role. Both Beckinsale and Biel are a that their best, successfully choosing to use brawn over beauty for this genre offering. I could have used more Cranston, but I always want more Cranston.
Gone is the familiar backdrop of Mars, with Wiseman giving us a decimated and overpopulated earth instead; a planet in so much turmoil that the inhabitants are forced to use a planet core transport through the middle of the earth. The mountains are now more akin to the hustle and bustle of Blade Runner or Star Wars’ Coruscant. As far as sci-fi movies go – this is 100% visual nerd porn. The backdrop is beautiful and clever, resulting in a very authentically rendered future where bad ass technology rules.
I really didn’t give this movie much thought until I sat down in the theater seat today. I love the original, but it’s not on a regular rotation by any means. I wasn’t going in with a do-or-die attitude – if it sucked, so be it. All is not lost. The movie grabbed me as soon as it started – I was surprised. Instead of indifference, I suddenly wanted this movie to succeed – and it does. The one-liners are gone, but it in its place we’re treated to nearly non-stop action sequences. The lens flares and speed of light edits are in your face. It reminded me of the terribly received, Ultraviolet (which I guiltily admit to liking) in the overall feel and tone. Call me a simpleton, but seeing this on a giant ass movie screen with the surround sound blasting was good enough for me. Remove your nerd entitlement stick from your butt long enough to enjoy some stylish brawls and teeth-rattling explosions. Third hand optional.