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3.0 out of 5 stars KILL HIM ON SIGHT!, August 12, 2012
This review is from: Total Recall (DVD)
I kept thinking about the original film while watching this one. To put it simply: Arnold was better than Colin Farrell. Kate Beckinsale in the expanded role is better than Sharon Stone, and I really love them both. Jessica Biel is better than anyone, if you don't believe me, ask her. What I really liked about this film is the updated special effects, down to the electronic notes on the refrigerator door. I love attention to detail.

The action was fast paced. The future looks similar to "The Fifth Element" but with more computer gizmos. If you have seen the original version, then you can miss the first few minutes of this one and be able to pick it up.

For some reason they eliminated all the fun aspects of going to Mars. That is why we watched the first film. Instead we get a film where we simply root for the terrorists. The terrorists are revolting against the Chancellor who wants to replace workers with synthetics, although this theme was poorly developed.

One of the aspects of both productions that I didn't like was the initial dream sequence. Had they eliminated that from both films, then the genius of the script would have been the ambiguity of reality vs. the recall machine.

The film included 3D holograms, Star Wars stormtroopers, Bill Nighy for a brief moment, and an inadvertent mention of an old film "Hauser's Memory."

What I didn't like about this film was all the action. It didn't have drama scenes outside of the beginning. No colorful characters. No time for a Biel/ Farrell love scene. It was like watching someone play a video game. Seriously, where was the writing? The clever lines? The complex character? The relationship? Any moron can write "Bang bang, run shoot, bang, chase, shoot, bang."

Parental Guide: F-Bomb, Nudity (Kaitlyn Leeb wearing a fake chest) no sex. 3 stars is pushing it. Can't wait for the video game.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2012 1:11:15 PM PST
Jared H says:
This film isn't a remake of Arnold's Total Recall. It's another adaptation of the book, in which, they never go to Mars.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 12:34:03 AM PST
w. mycroft says:
i enjoyed the continuous action, unlike ml, and didn't really miss the absence of plot detailing...i could care less about the presence of an arnold in ANY film, as he has always been an embarassment to acting...the music was monotonous, but forgivable...beckinsale is the most alluring and convincing hell bitch i have ever encountered in or out of any film, and equally athletic for those of you with a kink for amazons......3 1/2...ciao.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 8:12:16 AM PST
wisewoof says:
OMG! Conan, The Terminator, True Lies, Eraser, Commando, Predator, End of Days, The 6th Day, Collateral Damage. Ahnold re-invented the ACTION genre and leaves a body of work that stands the test of time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012 7:19:22 PM PST
Jigen says:
Listing a lot of films Arnold Schwarznernnernlferger starred in does not mean they "stand the test of time". If one of them was released on the big screen this year, it probably wouldn't get much of an audience because it does NOT stand the test of time.

Arnold reinvented the action genre in this way: he was a muscle-bound actor who looked like he could beat the crap out the people he fought, hence his fight scenes lacked the everyman element, and were predictable and boring. Hardly a good reinvention, more like the Windows Vista of the action genre. And his acting is atrocious. It worked in The Terminator, but not in any subsequent film. Does every character he play have to be from Austria?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 5:45:14 PM PST
Movie Dude says:
If Predator was just released this year, it would be the biggest action hit of the year. It's pretty damned classic and never gets old in my opinion. If you never saw Conan, and you watched that fresh this year, also really good. Terminator as well. So in fact I think his movies do stand the test of time, although maybe not all of them...

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 2:31:18 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 9:58:06 PM PST
Yeah, Arnold still can't act.....never could, never will. My man's a
commanding presence and that's that. Loved and still love "Terminator" but it basically ends there. He's still a body-building icon and good on that. I've always appreciated that 1st "Terminator" but I believe that
was the source of his good Hollywood fortune....a case of the one time perfect role. Bless you Arnold!

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 11:55:57 AM PST
Isn't that what U just did? U wrote " Bang bang, run shoot, bang, chase, shoot, bang." did U not? LoL I have to admit the movie wasn't all that "dramatic", but only simpletons like the ACTION, nudity scenes and Guess what America is full of them. Look at who was voted in for president not once but twice for your drama just listen to the nightly news. For anything other than drama open a book or turn on the tele because that is what U will find these days. Sorry to agree to disagree with you about this particular movie, but everyone has an opinion and some of them don't smell too sweet if U ask me what I think of my opinion. . . Ok maybe it doesn't smell all that GR8, but at least I know the difference between Action and drama. There is far too much drama in life and not enough action I agree the F-bomb was a bit too much, but that has to be taken in stride considering who is doing the writing for the contact audience and who wants to keep attention with our wise incompetent young nation these days!

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 12:43:57 PM PST
Michael, you are right on, brother. Three stars, though, might be overly generous. The lack of a coherent story had me losing interest and falling asleep, which had the unfortunate effect of compelling me watch the thing twice.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013 2:33:39 PM PST
Thanks, Hack. You are correct. The plot wasn't that good.
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