The new Total Recall is really bad, not cos it's different, just cos it's terrible. Plot is so forced and unconnected. Soundtrack is bland, even the action sequences are bland and uninteresting. Was just waiting for film to end. Best parts were the references to original film.
The production design (mostly CGI) is a mess. Every scene looks the same whether is interior or exterior, night or day. Nothing catched my eye. Also, my suspension of disbelief was cancelled very quickly for the usual reason. I can take the future gadgets, selective gravity and all that, but enough of these anorectic beauty pageants "kicking ass"...
I saw my dad watching this. I don't know why I saw this hunk of garbage in theatres. It's an eye-sore, terribly directed, and acted, and the original's just fine. Why is Hollywood remaking perfectly good Paul Verhoeven films? I hope they don't do Starship Troopers next. My rating: F-
Once again another really well made and thoroughly enjoyable film burned up in the flames of misguided popular opinion. Some critics have gone to great lengths to pick it apart for all the things that it is not, usually compared to the first, while missing entirely the merits of a film that needs no such distinction. Read My Review: http://rorydean.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/total-recall-2012/
i've been really sick lately, so i watch stuff like this. actually, the first two fight scenes are pretty badass. loses its momentum afterword though. not really better or worse than your average "resident evil" sequel at the end of the day. bryan cranston is hardly in it.
Somewhat surprised that this actually wasn't half bad. Unnecessary obviouslly but not bad. Gone are the jokey dialoque and mars plot replaced with a more serious take but equally dumb setup. Visually the film cops the style of a dozen better pictures but one has to admit the overlay of footage, cgi and matte is pretty impressive. Fun to recognize which Toronto buildings they built the frame upon. Lame but fun.
In terms of style and look, very much a derivative "Blade Runner" lite. It badly lacks Verhoeven's grim sense of humour, replacing the knowing pulpiness of the original with CGI explosions, "Fifth Element" hoveriness, and prettier people. Crucially, whereas the original revelled sadistically in the corporeality of human weakness, this just wallows in the superficiality of trite emotions. Tears instead of sweat...