Of these movies, my favorite was Minority Report - directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell - star of new Total Recall. Murder can be predicted, and cop Tom Cruise arrests people before they commit a crime - awesome, until they get the direction to arrest him, because he's about to kill someone. He runs - action follows, if you haven't seen it in a while - check it out again, it's really good!
- Colin Farrell as Quaid is fine, he's no Schwarzenegger, but then, who is? He is talented and has done some good work (my favorite is Intermission - rent that, and SWAT for simple action joy). In this, he makes Quaid's confusion believable, and does well with the action sequences. His chemistry with Jessical Biel is not overwhelming.
- Jessical Biel as Melina takes over the role from Rachel Ticotin in the original. She's fiesty and serious in her attempts to bring the old Quaid back. Again, I'm not sure I see any chemistry between her and Farrell, but if you're engaged to Justin Timberlake, then clearly Colin Farrell is not your type. She's very good at the action, and her fight sequence with Beckinsdale is really really good. It gives you a bit of an answer to the question of what would happen if Whistler's daughter went up against Selene...
- Mrs. Wiseman, Kate Beckinsdale, plays the Sharon Stone role, Lori. Stone impressed Verhoeven so much with her prep for the role originally, he crafted the character in Basic Instinct for her. In this version, Beckinsdale seems to be the person who is having the most fun, and incidentally, is kicking the most ass. She's great at action, we know that from the Underworld movies, but this is the first time we've see her really villian out, and she is great at it.
- Bryan Cranston, and his terrible wig, plays Cohaagen who was Ronny Cox (from RoboCop) in the first one. In this day and age, why can they not make a realistic wig? An even better question, why does Cohaagen need to have hair? Regardless, Cranston is as good as he usually is, and plays this role with just enough slimy evil.
- John Cho shows up very briefly dyed blond and running Rekall. The scene you saw him in the trailer is it - that's all he gets. But he's entertaining while there.
- Bill Nighy has less screen time than Cho - and plays the rebel leader Matthias, which would seem to be the "Kuato" of this version. He has one scene - he's cryptic - then he's gone.
- Will Yun Lee has even less screen time and shows up right at the beginning to encourage Quaid to head over to Rekall...I kept feeling like there should have been a bigger payoff for his character, but alas, not to be.
- Bokeem Woodbine plays Quaid's friend (or is he?) that encourages him not to go to Rekall. He's good, but again, doesn't have a lot to do.
6 out of 10 - entertaining, but I don't think I recommend paying full price, but it is fun, and the spectacular look of the movie does deserve to be seen on a big screen.
Bonus Video 1: Starship Troopers, my all-time favorite Paul Verhoeven movie...rent it, watch it again and pay more attention to the subtle nods to indoctrination and government propaganda...and oh yeah, continued to be grossed out as we get obliterated by giant space bugs. Also - be cheered as NPH tells you how the brain bug feels!