Review – Total Recall

Recycling is great for the environment but with film it can be poison for the mind. Director Len Wiseman wheels the shopping cart full of used sci-fi ideas up to the Hollywood processing plant that spits out ‘Total Recall’.

In the near future a factory worker, Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is haunted by strange nightmares and craves a better life. He decides to visit Rekall, a company that can implant artificial memories.

Wiseman spends 118 minutes sifting through the trash of sci-fi cinema including ‘Minority Report, ‘Blade Runner’ and obviously, the ‘Total Recall’ from 1990. Rather than do something different with the Phillip K. Dick short story that the film is loosely based on, Wiseman continually winks at fans of the Schwarzenegger film to try and beg for respect that is never earned.

The dialogue is all exposition, the action sequences are dismal and it’s a vision of the future that’s an Apple employee’s wet dream.

Most of the film rides on one big marriage gag about a crazy wife played by Wiseman’s real wife, Kate Beckinsale that works well…never.

The entire cast slums through the film: Farrell frowns, Jessica Biel pouts and Beckinsale is all arse. It’s really sad to see the brilliant Bryan Cranston acting half asleep underneath a horrible wig.

‘Total Recall’ provides nothing but unhappy memories.


‘Total Recall’ is released:

3 August 2012 USA

23 August 2012 Australia

29 August 2012 UK

Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie