I'm not usually interested by action films but 'Total Recall', directed by Len Wiseman, surprised me. The film is set in the future, an adaptation of the short story by Phillip. K. Dick, and portrays a dystopian society. Douglas Quaid, the leading male character played by Colin Farrell, lives in a rundown apartment with his wife Lori, played by Kate Beckinsale. Not happy with the way his life has turned out Douglas resorts to visiting the Rekal centre, where dreams and fantasies are turned into reality. What Douglas doesn't know is that he is already living a fantasy life with a fake identity.
Beginning the process of turning fantasy into reality, Quaid is ambushed by a team of sentry soldiers and instinctively takes out the lot using their own weapons against them. Memories of his real life and training re-surface allowing him to escape unscathed. His wife Lori also reveals that their marriage was a lie and she is in fact a UFB special agent assigned to watch him to make sure his memories of his former self, Carl Hauser, remain buried in the depths of his mind. This information sends Quaid running for cover as he is no longer safe in the apartment after Lori tries to kill him.
On the run he meets a woman from his dreams, Melina played by Jessica Biel, who we discover knows him more than he does. She works with him to regain his memories and also with the resistance to overthrow Cohaagen, played by Bryan Cranston, chancellor of UFB and the reason for Quaid's missing memories.
Some people might think that the film is a remake of the 'Total Recall' released in 1990 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, such as the appearance of the three breasted woman. Even though there are some aspects of the new adaptation that reflect on the 1990 version of 'Total Recall', Director Len Wiseman specifies that it is not a remake.
Wiseman claimed that he wanted an 'ordinary looking' guy to play the role of Quaid, personally I think Colin Farrell was the perfect choice for the role considering his history of appearing in action films such as 'S.W.A.T' and 'The Recruit'. Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to reprise his role as Quaid in the new adaptation of 'Total Recall'. However, even though he played the role in the original 'Total Recall' and is known for his extraordinarily large muscles and comical one liners, I don't think he has the strong and appropriate acting skills that Collin Farrell has brought to the character of Douglas Quaid.
Kate Beckinsale also kicked ass in the film because, let's face it, if she can play a leather clad vampire and a Transylvanian vampire hunter, why not a trained special agent? She performed a lot of her own stunts and added a fighting personality to the character of Lori.
This action film brings everything to the table - from spectacular special effects to amazing fight sequences and even emotional scenes. This is a film that I think anyone would enjoy, whether you like action or not, it has a great story line that is easy to keep up with and also keeps you on the edge of your seat.