"Recall" was especially disappointing in its cardboard characters and flimsy plot line. The roles were uniformly stereotypes, such as the crime boss Sal Ventucci, his nephew whom he doesn't trust, the drug lord, and the two step-brothers who hatch a scheme to rob the powerful Ventucci family of $2 million during a drug sale.
Not only did the Ventucci clan not protect their money very well, but the two stepbrothers were incompetent in their vague plan to carry out the heist. There was lack of substance in the film's narrative and lack of sympathy for any of the characters.
In the film' structure, the crime drama was disconnected to a subplot of the personal drama about Mike and his girlfriend Nicole, which is told via flashbacks. That storyline was also poorly developed, relying on a messy ending that never revealed the full story of what happened to Nicole and why.
The film get bogged down in slow-paced conversations, interminable pauses, and one scene that actually repeats itself in the content: the long, agonizing double sequence (one inside a car followed nearly verbatim in the scene in the bar) where Dale persuades his stepbrother Mike to participate in the robbery.
The relatively positive reviews that argue that the film has been ranked too low are badly mistaken. The comments on this board are far too generous, and the numerical rankings are way too high.
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