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'Total Recall' Review Round-Up

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http://bit.ly/NL2KLt - Total Recall Trailer! http://bit.ly/clevvermovies - Click to Subscribe! http://Facebook.com/ClevverMovies - Become a Fan! http://Twitter.com/ClevverMovies - Follow Us! Douglas Quaid is a factory worker bored with his mundane life who decides to take a vacation from himself and spend a few hours as a super-spy. When things go horribly wrong, Quaid's very existence is threatened and his reality questioned as he becomes a hunted man and must discover what is real and what is Rekall. We, of course, are talking about the plot of Total Recall starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston, a remake of the 1990 Paul Verhoeven sci-fi classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and based on the short story by Philip K. Dick. Like most of you, we were wary about any remake let alone one of such a cult classic like Total Recall. It's up there at the top of any sci-fi fans list of favorite films and why mess with something that's not broke. Some of our fears were lifted when we got our first look at the world created by director Len Wiseman. The trailer promised stunning visuals and a more faithful adaptation of the original story. So did they deliver? Let's see what the critics thought. Top critic Roger Ebert generally enjoyed the film giving it three stars and calling it a "well-crafted, high energy sci-fi." Comparing it to the original film though, Ebert did feel it lacked emotion and he didn't feel as much for Farrel's "Quaid" as he did for Schwarzenegger's, ultimately calling the reboot unnecessary. One critic not a fan of the film was Variety's Justin Chang who called the film redundant. Though impressed with the slicker production design, crazy new gadgets and vigourous action sequences, Chang felt the performances by the all-star cast were lacking any real spark. Drew Hunt of the Chicago Reader praised the action in the film and called the futuristic setting "superbly realized", but felt the film took itself too seriously and lacked any humor that could elevate it from being just one note. And finally, Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter was a fan of the cast and visual style of the film, but felt it was never able to gain traction saying, "The outcome is engaging enough, although not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking both substance and a degree of imagination." Not the greatest reviews, but the film does seem to promise on delivering non-stop action and should be enough to keep you entertained for a couple hours at the least. Of course, you might just be better off popping in the original 1990 movie and watching that again and if you haven't seen it, go rent it...right now! So who's planning to check out Colin Farrell in Total Recall? Let us know in the comments and be sure to give us your review of the movie after you've seen it. You are, after all, our favorite critics. I'm Misty Kingma, thanks for watching!