Synopsis: Douglas Quaid is having dreams. The same dream in fact. He feels like he is more than the sum of his parts and decides to try out a memory experience at Rekall, a company that implants exciting new memories and make you feel like you actually experienced them. Upon Quaid’s visit however, something goes wrong and he finds himself running from the law and into a whole new life that he knows nothing about.
Main Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Bill Nighy, Bokeem Woodbine
The Hype: Everyone has seen the Arnie original and when this was announced I was very sceptical, particularly with the casting. This remake certainly got the Hollywood treatment and was released with big fanfare. Trailers were available very early and many science fiction fans such as myself were impressed by the films look and attempt to be a little different from the original, rather than just a straight copy with different people.
What I Thought: In a nutshell, nowhere near as good as the 1990 version. Although this movie was well made and the special effects were slick, it had too much of a Transformers look about it and although I applauded the attempt to get away from the original movie, its hard not to feel that the lack of Mars involvement let the film down hugely. I wasn’t sure about Colin Farrell in the lead role, but he did a reasonable job, but again, it just wasn’t the same as Arnie delivering his one liners. There are a few “nods” to the Arnie movie and I will let you spot these yourself. I liked that appreciation of the original movie and it was a nice touch, but even these small inclusions weren’t enough for me to give this more a great mark. Its success has been very poor aswell and will be regarded as a flop at the box office.