It’s the end of the 21st Century after global chemical warfare and what’s left of the planet is divided into the United Federation of Britain and the Colony. Factory workers like Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) travel through the colony on “The Fall”. Doug lives in the Colony with his beautiful wife of seven years, Lori, (Kate Beckinsale) and has been experiencing the same bizarre dream at the same time for quite a while. Lori is concerned it may be due to their relationship and the means in which they live, making Doug feel trapped and alone from the life he really wants to lead. One night after speaking with his friend Harry (Bokeem Woodbine), Doug confesses he would like to give ReKall a try in hopes of remembering why he is having the dreams. In the meantime maybe spice of his life by living a life he would rather call his own as a spy, rich man, secret agent or a traveler to Mars. I must say Farrell has really come into his element as an actor and he truly proves his talents once again in this film conquering any quest the role throws at him, literally. The back drop of the city suspended from above is spectacular and really makes the visuals of the film stand out in the special effects department. As for Beckinsale she once again can play just as rough and tough as any male actor and definitely shows that under those beautiful looks is a fierce kick ass contender ready to take on the best of the best until death do they part.
There is a resistance going on and Matthias (Bill Nighy) and his followers are trying to over-take and create the downfall of Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) who is the leader of the U.S.B. Matthias knows that Cohaagen has a plan and it’s not in favor for the people of the Colony. Meanwhile Doug decides to try ReKall but when asked if he has any secrets he answered “no” but as he started to go into his session McClane (John Cho) instructs in a panic that he lied and discontinues the ReKall. Or does he? Explosions, gun fire and the U.S.B. police soon crash the door and from this moment on the story is full of high adrenaline chase scenes on foot, in futuristic cars, through elevator tunnels, chasing Doug for the death of the police he kills in fierce combat but also for other reasons that unravel in this intriguing, well developed and written story. Grant it the story line is similar to the 1990 version with a few changes here and there but if anything for the better thanks to the accompaniment of some phenomenal CGI and photography. I must say that several of the people at the screening I attended said the story line was confusing. Grant it if you saw the original it helps but if you center your attention on the screen without a blink you won’t miss a thing and trust me you don’t want too. There really are some high tech gadgets utilized in this film that you can only wish you owned yourself.
All along you tend to question though as does Doug what is real and what is not. Is he still in ReKall and is this run for his life or die situation real or just a dream? As he struggles to stay alive he comes face to face with the woman that was in his dream and it’s not his wife Lori but rather Melina (Jessica Biel) who fights on the side of the resistance. Strap on your seat belt since once again this film pops even into a higher gear making the audience question the reality of it all as well has the character Doug who soon finds out he possibly lives by yet another name, Hauser! Matters thicken as does the plot as both Hauser and Melina run from the U.S.B. and the synthetics, awesome looking robots out to protect and serve but the question is for better or worse! As Hauser and Melina hide out in the “no zone” they once again discover that no one in this game of guesses is safe. All Hauser wanted to do was remember so he could be himself but in the end he chooses to listen to his heart and not his mind. He may not know who he was but he does know who he is! Manipulation, cat fights and a need to stop a devastating invasion all lead up to one brilliantly direction, written, acted remake that is sure to prove triumphant at the box office. Like the barking German Shepherd in the subways of the “no zone” this remake really works and is worth the ticket price for the two hours of spectacular visuals although less than perfect final five minute climax. Based on ticket sales I’m sure this film could see Mars for a “Total Recall” 2. Written with three paws out of four, I’m Jon Patch.