Theater IV: Total Recall (2012)

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Theater IV: Total Recall (2012)

This week we’re not sure if we are a duo of fun loving freedom fighters or evil spies for a dictatorial government.  Maybe we’re both?  Maybe we shouldn’t have had to watch this movie; 2012’s remake of Total Recall starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.  The story is inspired by a Philip K. Dick short story and the 1990 Paul Verhoeven sci-fi classic by the same name.  The film follows Doug Quaid as he tries to understand the true meaning of a recurring nightmare and help find a sense of fulfillment.  He visits a company called Rekall that claims to be able to implant memories in people’s minds that will rival their wildest fantasies.  Just as Doug is about the got through the procedure, the police burst in and Doug’s journey to figure out his past begins.  He soon learns that no one in his life is as they appear to be and he finds himself on the run.  He meets up with a woman named Melina, whom he knows but cannot remember.  He is brought back to meet with the resistance and learns that he was bait in a plot to kill Mathias, the rebel leader.  Doug will not accept the things he is being told by his ex-wife Lori or the evil Cohaagen and decides to help Melina avenge her father and prevent an invasion of The Colony.  Why did they make this movie?  The 1990 version is so much better.  It looks like crap and you can tell the budget was spent on stars and special effects.  Thankfully there won’t be a sequel to this film.