by Jesus Ibarra
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Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, hit theaters last weekend adapting itself more from Philip K. Dick’s short story than the original movie made in 1990 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Like the original, Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is disenchanted with his life living as an assemblyman for a synthetic robot police force in another country across the globe. His wife Laurie (Kate Beckinsale) urges him to keep calm that everything is as it seems. But when he goes to get new memories at a place called Rekall, Quaid sets off a chain of reactions that lead him to question what is real and who he is.
That is the main plot of the film, and if you are old enough to remember the Arnold Schwarzenegger version then I can tell you the over all plot without Mars is pretty similar with some slight differences. I quite enjoyed this version of Phillip K. Dick’s story much more than before and I thought it had some of the best set pieces I have seen in a Sci-Fi film. The script wasn’t great but considering there was almost constant action, it was expected. The acting was really solid for me. Collin Farrell sold his confused badass self amazingly well, and Kate Beckinsale played the perfect badass action villain to Farrell.
I was enjoying the spectacle of the film so much that I really didn’t notice any big flaws with it. Really, this is the perfect summer popcorn movie for people just wanting to watch a Sci-Fi action film. And as a Sci-Fi nerd, I have to say that I prefer this grittier version over the original movie.
Overall, if you want a cool movie to watch this summer especially in this heat, then visit your theater and watch Total Recall!
Total Recall is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.