Colin Farrell looks convincing in “Total Recall” playing Douglas Quaid, a disenchanted factory worker in a futuristic, postapocalyptic, dark & rainy world where only two major populations centers remain, The Colony (an urban slum for the under-class) and well-to-do United Federation of Britain. Both areas are ruled by a dastadly Chancellor, played by Bryan Cranston.
Farrell’s character awakes one morning after yet another series of troubling dreams. The dreams are always about a mysterious woman (played by Jessica Biel) and non-stop violence. Even his loving wife, played by Kate Beckinsale, can’t seem to help him through the dark dream syndrome. On a whim, Farrell’s character drops into a place called Rekall that promises its customers that they can create any realistic memories their clients wish. As the procedure begins, so do vast new combative problems, and this time they are not dreams, or maybe they are?
The storyline is “Total Recall” lacks a narrative that holds a viewers interest. The visual imagery and futuristic special effects are at first remarkable, but then you figure out that imagery and fighting really all this movie has, and that, in the case of “Total Recall,” is not nearly enough.