Genre Guesstimation – Total Recall (2012)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by James of Back to the Viewer and he chose Dystopian Films as the Genre for April.

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Dystopian movies…

total-recall-2012“Everyone seems to know me, but me. ” – Doug Quaid

Number of Times Seen – 2 (4 Nov 2012 and 27 Apr 2015)

Brief Synopsis – An ordinary man finds out that his life is a lie and that he is really a secret agent trying to help rebels fight the government.

My Take on it – Why does Hollywood constantly feel that they must remake movies so soon after the original was made.

This movie came out 22 years after the original groundbreaking sci-fi story came out and as interesting as the story itself is, this movie doesn’t add anything “new” to what we got from teh original.

Colin Farrell isn’t as great a lead as Arnie was back then and as much as I love Kate Beckinsale, she is no Sharon Stone/ Michael Ironside combo.

The special effects are done well, but not nearly as groundbreaking or cool looking as the original was and the only real difference here is that the action is a bit more intense.

Had this been an original movie without knowing about the Arnie version, I might have nejoyed it more, but ultimately, this movie just feels too much like a copy (which it pretty much is) instead of something new and improved to enjoy.

Watch the original!!!

Bottom Line – Doesn’t add much to the theme that was originally explored in ’90 by Arnie.  Not quite sure why they needed to make a remake of this.  The only difference that they have here is that the action is less cheesy, but it doesn’t come close to being as great as the original was.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Quaid attempts to pass through the security check at the entrance to UFB, he is wearing a holographic necklace that produces the image of an Asian man’s face. Moments before, a woman with a chubby face, wearing a yellow coat, can be seen. The woman is a red herring as she very much resembles the prosthetic/mechanical “mask” worn by Quaid in the correlating scene of Total Recall (1990). She even gives the same answer to the security clerk (“Two weeks”). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close.  This was just a waste of a film because it was a remake of a movie that didn’t need to be remade at all.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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7 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Total Recall (2012)

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  3. Great review! I agree 100%. This is just like Robocop and Red Dawn. There was no need for a remake on any of those. If these movies weren’t remakes, I would have enjoyed them more. While the action and special effects are great in all of these remakes, they each feel like they are missing something.

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