Spot on review.My recently watched films:
Total Recall (2012)
Glossy but vapid version of the Philip K. Dick story. Lacks the streak of dark humour running through Paul Verhoeven's 1990 blockbuster, instead taking itself far too seriously. The many references to the latter are also clunky and ill judged. The main plus side are the impressive special effects, and a handful of semi decent set pieces that fail to pull up any trees. Colin Farrell is good actor with the right material, but here he is charisma vacuum, and poorly directed by Len Wiseman. The key scene where he uses skills previously unaware of (post memory erasure) and his subsequent reaction is acting workshop 101 style. Only worth a watch if its on tv.
Totally agree, saw it a few years back, it was a big disappointmentValhalla rising.
Started off ok then just got more boring and made less sense.
Was looking forward to it after seeing the great Drive as by same director but feel I've wasted 90 mins of my life.
The husband and wife team of Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan didn't work for me. They are both brilliant actors and I so wan't to like/appreciate this but their scenes together just seemed too forced. A valiant effort in many respects but it just wasn't right for me. A shame as there is so much talent involved but maybe it's just me.Tyrannosaur.
Brilliant film, great acting and some pretty gritty scenes.
I was a bit concerned it was going to become a christian 'I've seen the light' film for a bit but thankfully it didn't.