'Total Recall,' Total Rip-Off
Thanks to countless remakes, reboots and re-imaginings, one of the biggest criticisms Hollywood gets right now is that it is out of original ideas. And the new Total Recall remake is about to become the prosecution's number one piece of evidence.
I was dubious about Colin Farrell getting his ass to Mars (in theory) since day one, but opened myself up to the possibility that treading new ground could prove fertile to the screenwriter's imagination. Oh how wrong I was.
Not only does Recall reboot suffer from one of the laziest scripts to make it past the greenlight point, but it has warped Melina (a ferocious female in the original) into a pathetic two-dimensional dud who serves no real purpose in the film aside from giving Colin Farrell's character someone to continually save. Jessica Biel should be ashamed for accepting such a poorly written role and perpetuating the idea that women can't be the hero in male-driven action movies.
If that wasn't bad enough, the movie blatantly rips off three other futuristic films, and doesn't seem to think the audience will notice. No big shock there since the whole of Recall treats moviegoers like brainless dolts who need every plot point spoon-fed to them. But we are smart, savvy, cinema-goers and need to call bullsh*t on Hollywood for thinking they can get away with this kind of Total ripoff!
Total Rip-Off One:
Unlike the original, 2012's Recall has split the world into two caste systems and has its version of Cohaagen attempting to enslave the lower class by sending an army of robot warriors into their territory with the sole purpose of eradicating them. Not unlike 2004's i, Robot where Will Smith is forced to stop a robot uprising -- it also doesn't help that Recall's machines look to have been made from spare parts Robot left behind.
Total Rip-Off Two:
In 2002, Minority Report consulted an army of city planners to create the most accurate depiction of a futuristic city cinema had seen to date. One of the most logical designs involved magnetic roadways that hover cars could travel along, using a pre-determined path. In Report, after his character becomes a wanted man, Tom Cruise's character exits his vehicle and is chased from car to car by a police officer, played by Colin Farrell. In Recall, the tables are turned as Farrell is the one evading capture by jumping from hovercar to hovercar; and using the magnetic spacing to slide underneath various vehicles.
Total Rip-Off Three:
In Recall, the two remaining lands (The Colony and United Federation of Britain) are connected via The Fall (a space-aged subway), allowing The Colony's citizens to travel to The UFB in order to work. En route they pass through the earth's core and engage in a gravity recalibration that makes them weightless for a short spell. This opens the door for a zero-gravity fight scene later in the film. Of course this was done first, and better, in Christopher Nolan's 2010 brain-bender Inception.