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I just saw this one over the weekend thanks to Redbox.
I had avoided it in the theater; I just wasn't that interested. Although I liked the original and would consider it "essential" sci-fi for a guy my age, let's face it, it was a cheese-fest. A remake didn't interest me.
I'm going to have to break rank here and say that I really enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the camera work and set design. The scene when he first breaks out of rekall, the camara moved in, out, and 360 degrees around the action all at the same time. It wasn't shaky-cam and I thought it was awesome. I loved the long shots of the running over the roof-tops. I loved the "Blade Runner" vibe it had. The CGI was good. The action scenes were very well done. I hate it when hand-to-hand action is edited with quick-edits; it pulls me totally out of what's happening. This felt just right.
I was surprised at the scene where he breaks through security. There was the heavy woman in the fore and she looked so similar to the woman in the original that I just knew she would turn into Colin Farrell. Nope. Worth a grin.
Three-breasted lady? Check. Gotta have that.
Sure there were some technical issues regarding the story like traveling through the earth's core, the guns with endless casing-less ammo. I noticed it but didn't care a bit. Not once did it pull me out of what was going on. And compared to the original, this was well within the bounds of believability.
It's a shame this one didn't get more love. I guess the 2012 Total Recall will become one of those guilty pleasures for me.