Recently the Total Recall remake has been made available on Netflix. I had previously rented it on my Apple TV, and before that I’d seen it in the theatre. Regardless of having seen the movie twice already, I watched it again on Netflix.
I don’t care what people say, this is a good movie!
The most important thing is that I want to know, moment to moment, what happens next. If a movie can’t keep me hooked, it’s not worth the time.
The action sequences are cool and contain some neat stuff I’ve never seen before. Like the scene near the beginning where Douglas Quaid is being chased by his wife Lori. At one point the have a really long shot of the action, showing how the two of them are running and jumping through the neighbourhood. It’s a great touch, and the movie is full of these.
I like the characters. The Rotten Tomatoes website says that this movie lacks the fleshed out characters from the original. I don’t know about that. I watched the original again recently on Netflix as well, and I gotta say, there’s not much that’s fleshed out about these characters. They’re typical action movie fare, as they are in this remake. In the remake, they’re interesting enough to keep me happy, and I don’t really expect much more from an action movie.
Lastly, and this really sets the movie apart for me, is the world they created. Many movies wave their metaphorical hands to keep you focused on anything but the fact that the world isn’t very fleshed out. Total Recall, in contrast, revels in the fact that it’s showing you a real world that you could image being in yourself. It has plenty of wide shots showing what the world looks like. It doesn’t have a bunch of close-ups and narrow-corridor stuff that’s meant to keep you from seeing their world. And a great world it is. I found the architecture and technology fascinating and enjoyable. Great stuff here.
So if you haven’t seen Total Recall, or even if you have, watch it with an open mind. It’s just an action movie, and it’s not the same as the original. But it’s a lot of fun.