Serviceable, but uninspired

By grrbach
Written December 26, 2014
Borrows all the memorable scenes from the original, but, other than special effects, doesn't add anything new or unique. If you're going to remake a successful film, a borderline cult classic, why bother if you can't come up with anything fresh? As with the original, logic & sense don't have much of a place. The motivation for the villain, Cohaagen, is preposterous, and the threatened "invasion" would be undone if one character would just stop posing for the camera and think. The one small upside for me was Kate Beckinsale. Her Terminator-esque/assassin take on the role originally performed by Sharon Stone, has its moments, but not enough to turn my thumb up. Still, if you can enjoy the eye-candy (depending on you bent—Beckinsale, Biels, or Farrell), it's not a complete waste of time. A borderline No/So-So.
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Total Recall Forgot to Recall

By syfy_buff
Written February 12, 2016
This remake was not as good as the first back in 1990. With nearly 22 years to get it right, key changes to the story line prevented it from being as good as we had anticipated it to be. The actors are top notch, but even when you know the plot in advance, the movie must still develop the characters!
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Kate Beckinsale is an action movie goddess

By forager23
Written August 04, 2012
A movie about the love of a man for a woman -- in this case the man is action movie director Len Wiseman and the woman is his wife, action movie goddess Kate Beckinsale. She's the bad guy here, and she gets all the best lines, poses, moments: the movie worships her, and I am now definitely a convert. Apart from Beckinsale, there's not too much that is outstanding about the movie (though the action sequences are nicely done), and it has absolutely nothing of the wit and genius of the original. As a sci-fi movie, it doesn't really earn its right to exist, but as a Beckinsale vehicle it will more than do.
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I wanted my money back so, so bad

By alliecarl2002
Written March 07, 2015
The plot was not there. You did not care about the characters at all. I wanted Colin Farrell and Jessica Biehl to just go away.How do you make a remake and then not at least make some of the movie interesting so it could stand on its own. What was with the Underworld cast reunion, Len Weisman (director), his wife, Kate Beckinsale and Bill Nighy. All cast and crew from Underworld... Wink, wink, sadly wink. If you want a movie that makes you feel like you have a good time with a sci-fi action flick this is NOT the movie you want to go and see.
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Much Better Than The First Version

By celticjudy
Written May 03, 2016
What an excellent remake of an intriguing story. The plot was easier to follow, the characters were well portrayed, and the scenery was certainly eye-popping. More complete explanations of , well, everything provided a much more cohesive story line. Certainly an enjoyable diversion with great special effects to keep you on your seat for the entire film. Great soundtrack and music, too.
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