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TOTAL RECALL: Not a movie but an expensive looking platform jumper.
So the first thing the new TOTAL RECALL does wrong is completely throw out the mystery as to whether Colin's character, Quaid was an agent working for the resistance or just some normal guy living the implanted fantasy from the company Rekall that puts exciting vacations into your mind. They flat out show you that Quaid is captured while trying to escape with Jessica Beil in the opening scene! Remember in the original TOTAL RECALL where Arnold is on the mountain on Mars with the pretty lady and he falls and his space suit helmet breaks and his face gets all contorted and gross? Those were good times. He wakes up realizing he just had a nightmare. When you immediately see that his wife is not the same woman in the dream you become suspicious as to maybe there was some truth to that nightmare. This opening scene lays the foundation for the later scene when that small guy from Recall (I think that is how it was spelled in the original movie) shows up and tells Schwartzen-Quaid that it was all just an implanted dream. For a moment not only does Schwartzen-Quaid start to believe it but you as the audience member does too. But then Schwartzen-Quaid sees the sweat going down the small guys face and its Good-Bye to that guy! The new TOTAL RECALL begrudgingly takes time away from the "amazing" PG-13 jumping action to have the same scene. This time however the moment is nowhere near as badass or intense as the original. That is because we already know that Quaid is a resistance fighter or agent or whatever he is from the first freaking scene of the movie. Way to go, Len Weisman. We don't need a big exciting slick chase scene to get the audience entertained. We need the audience invested into the story based on the mystery as to who Quaid is and how he is involved in the events around him. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING....
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