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Total Recall (2012)

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A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Recall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

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Len Wiseman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Douglas Quaid / Hauser
Kate Beckinsale ... Lori Quaid
Jessica Biel ... Melina
Bryan Cranston ... Cohaagen
Bokeem Woodbine ... Harry
Bill Nighy ... Matthias
John Cho ... McClane
Will Yun Lee ... Marek
Milton Barnes ... Resistance Fighter
James McGowan ... Military Adjutant
Natalie Lisinska ... Bohemian Nurse
Michael Therriault ... Bank Clerk
Stephen MacDonald Stephen MacDonald ... Slacker
Mishael Morgan ... Rekall Receptionist
LinLyn Lue LinLyn Lue ... Resistance Woman
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Storyline

Originally adapted by director Paul Verhoeven in 1990, author Philip K. Dick's classic Sci-Fi short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale returns to the big screen in this remake starring Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, and Kate Beckinsale, and directed by Underworld's Len Wiseman. The planet has been decimated by nuclear war in the late 21st century, leaving only two nations -- the United Federation of Britain and the Colony. Douglas Quaid (Farrell) is a factory worker with a stable job and a loving wife (Beckinsale), but upon learning that a company named Rekall could grant him the memory of the ultimate espionage adventure, he decides that a virtual vacation is better than no vacation at all. But in the midst of having the new memories implanted, something goes haywire. Still strapped to the chair as the system breaks down, he's branded a spy as the authorities close in, and quickly flees for his life. Later, Quaid discovers that he has a secret identity, and he joins forces ...

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What is real? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

3 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Total Recall See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,577,758, 5 August 2012

Gross USA:

$58,877,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$198,467,168
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended director's cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Douglas Quaid's memory is searched for the killcode and just prior to disconnection, a minesweeper game (a grid with numbers and red bombs) can be seen for a fraction of a second. See more »

Goofs

If The Fall is free-falling and assuming no resistance, the occupants would be weightless for the entire trip. However people were shown in normal gravity except for the midpoint flip. At 1-G the trip would take 42 minutes (a lot more than the 17 minutes as suggested in the movie), therefore the capsule has to be accelerating/decelerating at higher rates. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Melina: Wake up. Wake up. Wake up.
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Alternate Versions

The scene where the three-breasted woman is topless has been re-shot for the US release due to different moral standards. The version released in European countries is unchanged. See more »


Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor
Op. 31, No. 2 ("The Tempest")
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Simon Chamberlain
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Don't compare it to the 1990 movie of the same name.
8 August 2012 | by haikallpSee all my reviews

I managed to watch total recall a couple of days back, and have watched it a second time. The reviews I've read so far reveals how many are comparing this to the 1990 movie staring Arnie.

Well, there are many differences in these two movies and if you want to truly enjoy this remake, you have gotta forget bout the original one. Try not to compare Arnie with Farrel and Beckinsale with Sharon Stone.

Graphically, Total Recall is beautifully crafted with good CGI work. It makes you wonder how believable the place is. It paints a future of the world where only two 'countries' exist while the majority of the Earth have become inhabitable. The difference in these two countries is vast and both of them looks amazing.

Collin Farell acting here is good but not worthy of any awards though Kate Beckinsale was amazing. She was definitely the best actor in this movie, hands down. The guy who played Cohagen was average a best. The other actors seemed blend and no one really stood out.

I have watched the original Total Recall and i have to say that these remake is slighty better. It feels more epic, saving a country seems more intense than saving a bunch of people living on Mars. The notion 'What is real' works well in this movie, especially in one of the scene in the hotel lobby i believe. What this movie lacks as compared to the original was a lack of witty lines. Arnie had some witty one-sentence line whereas Collin was pretty much serious throughout.

Total Recall started out great but by the time it hits the 60-80mins mark it starts to become a mindess action movie and it was pretty much predictable after that.

All in all, Total Recall is a great movie for someone who has never watched the original. I would give a rating of probably 7-8 out of 10.


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