St. Pierre's Review: I'm partial to this movie only because I generally enjoy futuristic movies. I'm fascinated by how directors envision what our future will look like. Let's put that aside. You can't exactly call this a remake of the original Total Recall staring Arnold back in 1990 because it's completely different. Well, not completely, but pretty darn close. This version is much more closely based on the short story by Philip K Dick called "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." I suppose this is a fun summer action movie with halfway decent acting. There's a really cool car chase scene that had me hooked. Overall, it's ok, but it's not necessary. Nothing I'd say you needed to rush out to the theater to see.
Major differences between Total Recall 2012 and 1990.
-The 1990 version involves a trip to Mars. This 2012 edition has citizens traveling from "The Colony," which is Australia, to the United Federation of Britain.
-Instead of traveling to Mars, Colony residents travel to work in the UFB through "The Fall," which is a tunnel straight through the center of the earth.
-In 1990, Arnold was fighting to get air for the rebels on Mars. In 2012, Colin Farrell is fighting to stop an army of robot cops from destroying the Colony.
St. Pierre's Review:This movie is pretty vanilla. All three in the series up to this point have been good family fare. Nothing mind blowingly good but still entertaining at the same time. The phrase, "If it ain't broke," came to mind while I was watching it. I think Dog Days lacks a bit of the charm that the first two films had, but that doesn't mean you'll be disappointed. It's still a solid film and a great chance for a family trip to the theater.
Laurie's Review: Went and saw the new movie "Ruby Sparks" probably because the plot seemed interesting and there are alot of good actors in it like, Annette Bening, Elliot Gould and Antonia Banderas. Here's a quick rundown of the plot: Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who has a best selling book early in his career but is now struggling with writers block as he attempts to write a successful follow-up. On the suggestion of his therapist (Elliott Gould) he decides to write a book based on a woman who keeps appearing in his dreams at night and suddenly " Ruby Sparks" (Zoe Kazan) is born. Just as suddenly, she shows up in Calvin's apartment, that's right, she physically shows up, this woman he's been dreaming and writing about and better yet she does everything exactly as he writes it down. Fun at first but soon the idea of creating the real woman of his dreams becomes a nightmare and Calvin becomes tormented all over again. The old "look out because sometimes God does give you exactly what you ask for" routine. The concept of this movie is not terrible but the predictable ending is. Actress Kazan wrote the script and stars alongside her real life boyfriend Dano. My advice is to wait for the opportunity to rent this one!
It looks like the Paranormal Activity franchise isn't done yet. A trailer for the 4th installment was just released. Here you go...
Here's the official trailer for the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall.