And how can one not look forward to this??
So again, that's the thing about expectations....you remove them entirely out of the equation and you can see things a lot differently. I can definitely see how people had higher hopes for what it would be.... Heck some who hadn't seen the original still hoped it would be the next Minority Report and it most certainly wasn't. It was most definitely forgettable and took a lot from other, better films (white ironmen/stormtroopers roaming the streets anyone?) And it definitely had some stuff I could do without (so let me get this straight? 1 naked boob = PG-13 ie Titanic and Across the Universe. 2 = R, but 3 = PG-13? As long as they're odd numbered it's okay I guess? Or maybe it's because they were CGI boobs?) But it was by no means TERRIBLE. It's true it got off to a slow start, but once the story got rolling it was pretty much non-stop action, and it had some pretty nice sequences.
Oh but I'm not finished. You see, after Recall we were all in the mood to watch Minority Report (which oddly enough....was originally intended as a SEQUEL to the original Total Recall) and can I just say "This is how it's done!" What a solid film. It had been quite some time since I'd seen it last. Before and after we watched it we wondered what exactly set it apart from all the bland sci-fi making its way to theaters nowadays. Well for one it has got Steven Spielberg at the helm during one of his golden stretches of filmmaking. It features a really good cast who is all very committed to making the premise and story seem believable (probably Tom Cruise at his most likable too). Interesting though that according to the IMDb trivia, the movie was supposed to be made a few years earlier and would have had a very different supporting cast including Ian McKellen as Burgess and Cate Blanchett as Agatha. Meryl Streep was cast at one point too as the old bag that kisses Tom Cruise (coming soon to the blog, the most repulsive screen kisses ever...) Oh yeah, and how weird is it that Colin Farrell is in both Minority Report and Total Recall?