Back in 1990, a film entitled Total Recall became a hit and with big names Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone as part of the cast. In 2012 under the helm of Len Wiseman, the story was revisited and thus a new film. This time around the cast is topbilled by Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.
The film's premise revolves under the 2 territories the United Federation of Britain (UFB) and the Colony (Australia). Douglas (Farrell) with lots of nightmares visiting him frequently decides to visit "Rekall" and the story began to unfold. The biggest challenge for Douglas is to decided on what to believe and what is real. There are things that seem real but in reality are not true. The film shows that sometimes, what you see isn't the truth but one should dig deep into his/her innermost self. He is trapped into a world of women wherein Lori (Beckinsale) is shown as his wife while Melina (Biel) seems to be the girl in her nightmares. His decision is tough on which one is the truth.
Total Recall successfully grabbed my attention with its effects and cinematography making me believe I am seeing 2 worlds on the opposite. The chase scenes and the battle scenes are wicked and I might say Kate Beckinsale is one heck of a villainess. The way Vietnam was captured adding futuristic flare and concept was a remarkable achievement as it delivered a world of make believe in the future.
Aside from that, however, the film was just a rehash of the old one and the story and concepts are same old plots that are either predictable or standard. The film makes a good effort of reliving the hit of the 90's but the old spunk wasn't there. Still a good enough one to watch. 3.5 our of 5 popcorns