Colin Farrell is the best thing about the remake of ‘Total Recall’

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In the late 21st century, following catastrophic destruction caused by a global chemical war, Doug (a fit Colin Farrell) works in a factory in the Colony that manufactures a synthetic police force. The Colony, one of two surviving nations – the other being the United Federation of Britain – is basically a territory of workers. The Fall, a transport vehicle that shuttles people back and forth between the two continents, is both a modern convenience and means of enslavement.

Happily married to UFB cop Lori (the robotic Kate Beckinsale), his sleep is regularly interrupted by the frightening “same dream” at the “same time.” Doug’s mostly boring and routine life hits a glitch following a visit to Rekall, an establishment that sells complete sets of memories to its clientele. Before you can say Arnold Schwarzenegger, Doug realizes that he isn’t who he thinks he is. In fact, he’s Hauser, a spy with a skill set that would make Jason Bourne jealous.

Lori, who was simply biding her time until Hauser figured out who he was, then proceeds to do everything in her power to destroy him. But Lori’s boss, the ruthless and corrupt ruler Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), wants Hauser brought in alive.

What follows is a series of extended chase and fight scenes, interrupted only to follow a potential love interest developing between Hauser’s fellow agent Melina (Jessica Biel) and set pieces that unapologetically recall those from “Blade Runner.”  Farrell is a natural action/adventure hero and is the primary reason for seeing “Total Recall.”

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