Total Recall

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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