Total Recall, with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel & Bryan Cranston. Len Wiseman, director. I’ve about had it up to my eyeballs with remakes, re-do’s & reboots; as far as having to actually describe these things as if they’re “new” movies. They’re not new. So, I’ve decided to just point out a few things & give general impressions & then maybe a recommend or a kick in the pants. Maybe not even that. Also, I’m not going to stroll down memory lane by listing comparisons to the original movie(s) as if previous eras or decades were somewhere worse or better than our present day. However; please realize that a remake cannot be spoiled, except in the most extreme instances.
Lockout, with Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Lennie James & Vincent Regan. Directors, James Mather & Stephen St. Legar. I’ve heard that a lot of reviewers didn’t like this & rated it low, low, low. When I like an actor it takes more than rumor or even a merely adequate production to put me off. My instincts & character judgment are excellent, with actors, friends & items on a restaurant menu. As I’ve previously noted, there’s nothing wrong with a formula, if it works. This definitely works.