TOTAL RECALL (2012) ★★★☆☆ An energetic and engaging re-envisioning that once again proves you don’t really know who you are until you’ve seen a women with three boobies. Recklessly dynamic, if somewhat monotonous; Len Wiseman’s vigorous direction rapidly wakes Douglas Quaid from his mind-numbing existence, before promptly cutting to the chase through Ridley Scott’s dystopian future. Colin Farrell broods and pouts to perfection as a mindless anybody in pursuit of the truth, while Kate Beckinsale tirelessly attempts to put an end to their momentary marriage. However, for all of Recall’s cinematic twists and falls, maybe, this was one movie that REKALL didn’t need to re-implant, as Paul Verhoeven’s violent; yet, unconditionally brilliant tale still lives fresh in our memories. Wiseman’s Recall, is an exasperating and exhilarating movie that acknowledges and admires its predecessor, without ever discovering its own identity. Recall 2012 may be a humanised story, but Farrell ultimately fails to convey the struggle in Quaid’s search for answers. Maybe, Schwarzenegger’s perplexed tones honestly relay a man truly out of his depth, while Farrell merely is taken for a ride from one CGI continent to another. Ultimately, Total Recall 2012 surprising lacks the wit and charm of Verhoeven’s brutal masterpiece. Don’t consider it a divorce; merely, a trial separation, as only time will tell just how forgettable Wiseman’s re-make truly is. Who knew Douglas Quaid was an Ian Fleming fan? The Spy Who Loved 3 boobies!? Or not.