Friday, August 03, 2012

Total Recall

Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 3rd August, 2012
Time : 115 minutes
Director : Len Wiseman; Writer : Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback, inspired by a short story, ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’ by Phillip. K. Dick; Music : Harry Gregson-Williams
Starring : Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine

They lost the plot somewhat, actually almost literally, in all the frenetic action sequences, the bullets flying, the fancy gizmos and high speed chase scenes.
In the future, where the world is divided into the rulers (United Federation of Britain) and the oppressed workers (The Colony), an ordinary worker (Colin), who yearns for better, decides to go to Rekall, a place which will guarantee him happy memories via a brain chemical implant. His world changes upside down as he discovers he can be a lethal killing machine, so can his hot wife (Kate) and things are definitely not what they seem to be.

They kept it reasonably tight till the halfway mark but then it just descended into a cacophony of gunfire, explosions and people yelling at each other.

One of the things, though, that intrigue me about futuristic movies is to have a look at the gadgets. They have a knack of becoming real in time to come. The fridge with the digital display, the ‘eyeballs’ into the room, the mannequins with lights and the phone implant into the palm were all fascinating in the ‘I want one of that’ kind of way.

The sets were impressive, the actors did what they could but it was all too fast and too furious. Never got a chance to really feel for anyone, for us to really care for the characters or their cause.

There is something timeless and philosophical though, about the basic premise. That of the Rulers vs the Oppressed. Masters vs Slaves. Many books and films have spoken of it and the way the have’s of today are constructing walls around themselves, you do wonder sometimes, if the have-not’s patience is wearing thin. Just for provoking that thought and our recall of the gentler, more amiable Arnold Schwarznegger version of 1990, this movie can be given some brownie points.

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