Movie Reviews in a Hurry:

 

Total Recall

Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsdale, Jessica Biel, John Cho, Bryan Cranston

Premise: Total Recall centers around factory worker Douglas Quaid, who’s grown bored of his “suburban” lifestyle. Quaid decides to go to Rekall, a place that can turn any dream into a memory for the low low price of brain surgery. However, when the procedure goes wrong at Rekall, Quaid finds himself with skills he never had and on the run from people he trusted the most.

Disappointed. That’s how I felt when this movie was over. 20 years ago this movie felt fresh, exciting, and new, but now, somehow, this movie now feels dated. It lost all the whimsy and creativity of the original 1990 movie by taking it out of Mars. If there are no aliens, then why is there a three-breasted lady? I mean, okay, I guess you don’t need an reason for a 3-breasted lady, but still it just made no sense. And then, on top of that, you make the movie PG-13 taking out all the grit, blood, gore, and danger of it all? Really?

If I were watching this movie for the first time, I probably I would have enjoyed it more. The action was great. Kate Beckinsdale was fabulous and Colin Farrell plays confused really well (see The Recruit). But Jessica Biel seems to be playing the same role in all her movies (see A-Team), and John Cho wasn’t in the movie nearly enough. Please guys, if you’re going to “remake”, “reboot”, or “loosely base”, something on another movie, you need to do it in a NEW and FRESH way (See Star Trek). Save your money, and rent the original. Rating: 2 ½ Stars.

 

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

Starring: Jennifer Gardner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Dianne Wiest, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston

Premise: After finding out they are unable to conceive a child, Cindy and Jim dream up their perfect kid.  In the middle of the night, Timothy arrives claiming to be their child, exactly as they dreamed him. But Timothy is no ordinary kid. He’s special and he changes the lives of everyone around him.

Okay, I admit, that summary right there may not be fantastic. In fact, there’s no way to talk about this movie without it sounding cheesy and maudlin, but I enjoyed this movie. I know you’re afraid to say it, but we all love a good cry. And that’s what this movie did. Gave you some warm and fuzzies, had some cute moments, and let you get out a good cry in the cover of darkness.

This movie isn’t going to be winning any Oscars, but it was still highly enjoyable. Gardner and Edgerton were so likeable you felt yourself investing more and more in their characters.  It was sweet and simple, but also heartbreaking and apparently not suitable for some kidsRating: 3 Stars (out of 5)

 

 

 

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