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Wiseman is an expert at designing action sequences for maximum impact, including the massive finale, which involves an attempt to destroy the Fall.
Farrell isn’t totally convincing as a superhero, but that’s the point. He isn’t exactly sure who he is. Biel can’t hold a candle to Beckinsale, who under the watchful, loving eye of her husband, is convincing as a thoroughly unstoppable foe.
When the final confrontation happens, husband vs. wife, you are begging the director to give us his take on the famous line, but Wiseman doesn’t take the bait.
Perhaps it is hypocritical of me since I’ve complained numerous times about copycat remakes that don’t bother to bring a fresh look to an updated film, but I was disappointed Wiseman didn’t give us “the line.”
Total Recall is a decent remake that doesn’t steal much from the original TR, but is content to pay homage to other sci-fi films instead.
Total Recall **1/2 stars (out of four)
Directed by Len Wiseman; rated PG-13
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