Rebecca reviewed it back in August. If she hadn't done that, I wouldn't be so eager to see it. I wanted to see it and then it got ragged on and was supposedly the worst film ever of all time and more.
But Rebecca liked it.
It was too late for me to see it, going to the movies requires planning for me unless I just up and go by myself at the last minute. Otherwise, I'm usually seeing if anyone wants to go to the movies, then planning where we're going to see it (I prefer non-IMAX just because IMAX is now overpacked and crowded) and at what time and we all have to agree on the time and location and this isn't good for that person so what if we saw the next showing and well how about the day after?
So it's a whole production.
But I did want to check this out. It stars Colin Farrell in the Ahnuld role. Colin was flavor of the month ahile back. And he really got on my nerves. Not his fault, but still.
I thought he was good in "The Recruit" and "Phone Booth" but that was it except giving him credit for "Alexander" which showed a real attempt to stretch. "Swat" was a lousy movie for everyone in it. He wasn't bad in it but it was a bad movie. By the time of "Miami Vice," it was just too many bad movies. And then I caught him in "London Boulevard" which seemed like a real movie with real chemistry between the leads and a real performance from him. He was good in his small role in "Horrible Bosses" so I'd hoped he was now on a hot streak.
But everyone hated "Total Recall." I wonder how many people have watched that original film (when not stoned) in the last years. It is as cheesy as can be. Take a film like "Blade Runner," it's not cheesy. It's an 'old' film (made in the 80s like "Total Recall") but it stands up.
Sharon Stone and Ahnuld hold your attention but the film sucks. And the effects are beyond cheesy.
The stunt work on the remake is so much better. The thrills are so much better. The threats are so much better. And the performances are so much better. I think Colin does a great job. Rebecca also praised Kate Beckinsale and I'll differ with her on that. Beckinsale was good but I thought Jessica Biel was a lot better.
The chase scenes are really out there, whether they're on the 'interstate' or on an 'elevator.'
This is a radical reworking of the short story and I think this is far superior to Ahnuld's version.
It came out today and here's your tech part of the review.
I wanted to see it and pre-ordered from Amazon. (To stream.)
I will never do that again.
It came out today.
I pull it up at Amazon and see where I can stream it (the little play button) if I rent it. I had rented it. But I wasn't logged in. So I go to log in and, after that, the little play button disappears. I can watch the trailer but I don't have a button to watch the film.
I texted everybody to ask for suggestions.
I got 30 replies by text and no one had a clue. Then I got a call from C.I. She asked me how I pulled it up? I told her I went to Amazon and logged in. She asked me to go to my e-mail account and find the receipt sent out today where I was billed for my pre-order. I pull that up. She says, "See the link in there?" I do. "Click on that." I did and it pulled it up with the play option.
I'm not going to pre-order again, it was too much of a hassle today when I wanted to watch the movie. But if you ever pre-order and have that problem, that's how you fix it.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"