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Total Recall (film review)


Film: Total Recall
Year: 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Directed By: Len Wiseman
Starring: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston
About: A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Recall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pV2zz3z0oM

My Review:
With this movie calling out to me over the last week I thought I would give in and give it a watch. Having not seen this in a couple of years I couldn't really remember it all that much which I was thankful for as it left me constantly wanting to know what was going to be happening next. Having also not seen the original in a while I am not able to compare both of the movies.

I did think that having the main character Douglas lose all memories of his previous life and not really understanding why he is having dreams of a girl and being caught by the police before he goes to Recall and rediscovers his memories of fighting before being able to fight off the police something that brings in the audience and really shows how different his life is to the one in which he had prior to losing his memories. Having dreams of his previous life was a good way of introducing who he really was and how the brain is helping to bring back memories so he can be the real version of himself. Having his former self leave clues behind so that Douglas could find out more about his past was great way to see how he was still trying to help himself in order to escape the police and understand why they are trying to catch and kill him. The action throughout this was also well done and gave the movie a little more life. However, I feel it could have shown more blood or violence as only seems to be gunshots which are shown. By having the wife try to kill him after discovering who he really was made this a little more interesting to me as it showed that she wasn't happy but also that she hated the person in which Douglas really was and would do anything in order to stop him even if it went against her bosses instructions.

However, I did think that it would have been good to see more of Douglas' previous life as it isn't really shown at all and the watcher is left wondering about his past except from being a spy as it would help to explain why the villains were trying to eliminate his character. At times it got a little repetitive to watch and did leave me a little bored which left me finding myself not focusing on the movie as much as I was expecting. Finally, I thought that there should have been more information about the resistance and why they were in war with the United Federation of Britain as it isn't really shown in the movie at all which was rather disappointing and made me feel that the movie was missing some key information.

Overall,  Total Recall is a good sci-fi movie, however, I feel that it could have given more information to the audience to give a better understanding. I would recommend Total Recall to those who like sci-fi and action movies as this does show that rather well.

My Rating: 3/5 


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