It’s bad movie time again. This time, we sat down to watch The Recall, a 2017 low budget horror/sci-fi movie by director Mauro Borelli. And yes, it looks low-budget, although not in a Birdemic way, but it just comes across as cheap and rather uninspired, typical Syfy fare.
How they got Wesley Snipes to act in this, I have no idea. That must have been the majority of their budget. I guess when you have to pay off the IRS, you’ll do just about anything.
So let’s look at The Recall and try to recall if it has a memorable plot at all.
When five friends go to a remote cabin for the weekend, they run into a madman in the woods. But then the aliens come and kidnap everyone and it’s up to that madman to save the day, sort of, because he’s really a former astronaut with an abduction experience!
Yes, it is as stupid as it sounds.
This thing is absurdly predictable. Before they even get into the movie, I predicted who was going to live and who was going to “die”. It’s painfully obvious tropes that happen in every single movie out there. The kid picks up his cell phone. I predict there will be no signal. There is no signal. Lather, rinse, repeat. There isn’t anything remotely original here whatsoever.
Of course, someone thought it would be a good idea to get on IMDB and post a ton of fake reviews that make this movie sound like it’s really good. It isn’t. All of those accounts were created specifically to review the movie. Come on, can you be any more obvious?
The acting, aside from Snipes who was only phoning in the role, was uniformly bad. The teenagers were not fleshed out at all, they were just playing your typical horror film stereotypes. The macho guy and his girlfriend who have sex so they can die. The geek loner. The guy with the mysterious past and the girl who gets him to open up. These can be seen in any low budget horror film out there.
You know what’s worse? The movie gets to the only part of the story that might possibly be interesting and then ends. You have teenagers who are filled with alien technology for some obviously nefarious purpose, it might have been fun to see what happened then… and credits. That was it. Nobody cared about all of the buildup, they got to the part that could have made a decent story and rolled credits. Yeah… no. Pass. Terrible film. Avoid at all costs.