Columbia Pictures’ Len Wiseman (Underworld) directed Total Recall remake is here. And it’s sort of what it looked like all along. It features fine performances by Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Fright Night), Jessica Biel (The Tall Man) and a surprisingly fun turn by Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Laurel Canyon). It’s not poorly made, but it gets bogged down too often in weightless CGI and loses sight of its story. It’s also severely watered down and features none of the bite of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 original.
“The film is big, expensive and boring. It thinks that its spectacle and budget (not to mention its overabundance of lens flares) will convince the audience that they’re having a good time. ‘Total Recall’ is a total nightmare of a remake – a serviceable film that undercuts and devalues its source material. It’s A CG filled, PG13 watering down of Verhoeven’s 1990 film with little to no understanding of what made the original work.”