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Surely it’s only a matter of time before the Wesley Snipes renaissance is upon is. Since his release from prison a few years ago, his subsequent projects haven’t exactly lit the world on fire, but the talent he’s always had remains. And while no one is expecting him to reach the heights he did back in his heyday with roles like Blade, that doesn’t mean his talents can’t be put to better use. Final Recall isn’t the movie that’s going to get the world talking about Wesley Snipes again, but it does demonstrate just how good the guy is. Even when he doesn’t have a lot of material to sink his teeth into.
The plot is simple. A group of teens head to the woods for a weekend retreat and run into a spot of bother. It just to happens that their trip coincides with an alien invasion, and the extraterrestrial visitors aren’t there to make friends with the earthlings. Snipes plays the crazy local all teenagers meet on their way to horrifying destinations in movies of this ilk, but he has plans of his own for the invaders arrival as well. What ensues is nothing you haven’t already seen before, but it’s a good time nonetheless.
It’s hard to trust movies like Final Recall on paper. Too many times in the past, most of us have been duped into checking DTV fare out because it stars a notable talent only to have them appear for a cameo and do nothing. I blame Bruce Willis. However, this movie isn’t like that. Snipes isn’t the focal point by any means, but he does have a substantial supporting role and he lights up every scene he’s in. You might even say he’s having fun being there. Final Recall will never go down as one of Snipes’ iconic roles, but he elevates proceedings with his undeniable charisma and scenery chewing performance.
If you’re going in looking for a Wesley Snipes versus aliens affair because that sounds awesome, you might be slightly disappointed. There are moments where that happens, but the action and blood-letting isn’t anything exciting. If we had more carnage to enjoy, this would definitely live up to its billed premise of “Cabin Fever meets Skyline.” That said, it lives up to the concept more than admirably, especially when you consider that they were working with a shoestring budget.
Final Recall does, however, look crisp and clear. If I saw Mauro Borrelli’s name attached to another project, I’d happily check it out. Anyway, overall, you could do a lot worse than checking this out. It won’t blow your mind but it’s a perfectly serviceable action-horror-sci-fi hybrid that’s well-made and doesn’t outstay its welcome. Snipes is clearly having a blast, and if you’re a fan of the actor you’ll appreciate seeing him give it his all. This is further proof that he can enhance any movie he’s in. Now we just need director’s in their right mind to realise that he could be a treasure to cast in something big time in the near future.