The new king of the movie remake, Colin Farrell, returns in another reboot bust. While the original "Total Recall" is by no means a classic, this version does nothing to improve upon or offer anything new, except updated movie technology.
Farrell, looking muscular and buff, plays the Arnold Schwarzenegger role of Douglas Quaid, a factory worker this time around instead of a construction worker. The storyline of how he goes to Rekall, a memory implantation company, remains intact. Also remaining is the fact that he's married to a kick-ass broad...Kate Beckinsale gets the tougher than nails Sharon Stone role. When Quaid realizes his life is all just a farce, he joins forces with a young protégé (the bland Jessica Biel) and the two of them run for their lives.
Yes there are some intense and exciting sequences but this "Total Recall" boils down to a CGI-induced train wreck, featuring too many mind-spinning special effects instead of character development. Farrell is a notch above what Schwarzenegger brought to his role, yet this remake is a boring disappointment.
One complete Blu-ray disc is dedicated to special features only and there are a slew of them:
"Extended Director's Cut": clocking in at 130 minutes, this version is even more bloated than the theatrical version. There is a director's commentary also.
"Total Recall Insight Mode": an interesting feature that plays the film alongside scene-specific behind-the-scenes examinations.
A gag reel, seven behind-the-scenes features, and a "God of War: Ascension" game are also included on the "Total Recall" disc.
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack