‘The Recall’ is a Sci-Fi Thriller With a Throwback Appeal with 21 Century Tech

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The Recall is a Sci-Fi thriller that follows a group of friends that go on a remote camping trip just as aliens attack the Earth.

Wesley Snipes plays The Hunter, a recluse who confided in the group that this event has been prophesied for many years. Now, these friends are forced to rely on this eccentric loner who seems to have the answers that will save them all.

The movie has a throwback feel to early-90s horror flicks that were perfect for a Saturday, late-night Blockbuster run. What adds to the experience of this movie is that there are full Virtual Reality (VR) screenings where you are fully engulfed in the surroundings of the movie, adding a whole new element of anxiety.

“It’s okay to have that throwback, quirky, weird vibe and to see what they have done with it in VR. It’s a cool new element for film,” said RJ Mitte who plays Brendon in the film.

The Recall follows every beat of the camping, co-ed horror/thriller flick formula. Brooding guy and a girl who is way too into him, check. Oversexed couple, check. Nerdy guy who loves his tech more than anything, check. Reclusive stranger that they are forced to trust in order to survive, double check.

“Brendon is kind of a techie, odd dude. He’s a typical, early 20s dude. Brendon, Rob (Niko Pepaj) and Charlie (Jedidiah Goodarce) are guys you can relate to in multiple ways, you can find these people anywhere. Brenden is a camera guy, he likes tech and is a gaming dude and he immerses himself in tech, but timing and budget it didn’t work out in showing all that,” said Mitte.

 

Although The Recall had a limited budget what could have easily been a Tales from the Crypt HBO episode allowed Kara (Hannah Rose May) and Annie to be more than just the stereotypical scream queens in this genre. It would have been nice to see a little more from these characters, but with the limited shoot and budget, it is fun to see what they pulled off with what they had to work with.

The Recall is out today and can be seen in VR, depending on the theater’s capabilities.

The Recall
  • Overall Score
2.8

The Verdict

The Recall might not terrify you, but it is intriguing enough to hold your attention.

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