Colin Farrell in Total Recall. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Don’t bother to compare this “reboot” to original. It’s not up to the challenge. Colin Farrell plays a factory worker, who turns out to be much more. Cue the chases! While there is a lot of action, most of it is bland and unoriginal (the horizontal/vertical elevator scene is the exception). The only thing that makes the movie cool is the future design: layered, crammed “Blade Runner” type urbanscapes, neat devices (although most of the action involves old-fashioned guns) and unique concepts (like the through the Earth tunnel). Farrell manages to hold his own, but doesn’t do much more than run around or look bewildered. One other casting complaint: Jessica Beil and Kate Beckinsale are too confusingly-similar-looking to be adversaries. Overall, the pacing keeps it moving and it never really lags, it’s not especially exciting, either.
GAY ANGLE: A healthy eyeful of Farrell’s new big-budget blockbuster bod.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.