Just when I was starting to really like Colin Farrell, he became the poster child for pointless remakes of great films. Granted, his turn as a sexy-nasty vampire in the Fright Night
remake was fun to watch, but that movie still didn’t live up to the original. Now we get Total Recall
, with Farrell occupying the role of Douglas Quaid/Hauser, made famous by a guy named Arnold Schwarzenegger. This remake jettisons the humor, crazy gore and Mars locations, resulting in a dull sci-fi chase film. Kate Beckinsale is the best thing in the movie, stepping into the role made famous by Sharon Stone. There are a few nods to the Paul Verhoeven original (a three-breasted hooker and a twist on the infamous airport-security scene), and they feel unjustified. All these nods did was make me want to leave the theater and go watch the original on Blu-ray.
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The 'Total Recall' remake lacks the humor and wit of the original