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The one shot fight scene was performed by Colin Farrell himself and was shot 22 times before Farrell did it perfectly.
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Actor Colin Farrell actually spent a night on the set because he wanted "to see what it would be like to wake up in the future".
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Colin Farrell previously appeared in Minority Report (2002), which was also adapted from a Philip K. Dick short story, and had originally been developed as a sequel to the original film version of Total Recall (1990).
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When Quaid/Hauser is fighting the synthetic on top of the six-way elevator car and the synthetic loses an arm, this is a nod to the original film where Michael Ironside's character suffered in a similar way.
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The announcer in the holographic advertisement for Recall says, "We can remember it for you." The film is loosely based on a short story by Philip K. Dick called, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale."
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When Quaid retrieves his safe-deposit box, next to the United Federation of Britain 50 currency unit note with Barack Obama is a 1000 currency unit note with a picture of Loren Wiseman, father of director Len Wiseman.
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Most of the futuristic-looking firearms are actually contemporary weapons with little to no modification. The silver handgun carried by Lori Quaid and by various police in its blued form is a Chiappa Rhino .357-caliber revolver with a laser sight fixed under the muzzle; the police carry TDI Vector .45-caliber submachine guns; and the resistance fighters mostly carry Heckler & Koch firearms, including G36C assault rifles and UMP and MP5 submachine guns.
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The bank that Douglas goes to is called the First Bank of New Asia. New Asia was the original title for "The Colony", but was changed to "The Colony" in order for people to get the impression that it was more of a melting pot.
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While riding The Fall, Quaid is reading "Ian Fleming's 007: The Spy Who Loved Me", a symbolic reference to Quaid being a "secret agent" and the rebel he falls in love with.
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Scarlett Johansson turned down the role of Melina due to her commitment on The Avengers (2012).
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Colin Farrell admitted kissing Kate Beckinsale for the movie was extremely uncomfortable because Len Wiseman was married to her.
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While building the set for Total Recall, the builders spent $10,000 a week on wood screws alone.
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The first film that married couple Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale have worked on together that isn't Underworld (2003) related.
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Michael Ironside, who appeared in the original Total Recall (1990) was offered a cameo role but turned the offer down.
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Quaid goes to safety deposit box 10549. The numbers 10-5-4-9 correspond to the letters J-E-D-I.
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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.
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The street punk who refers to one of the synthetic robot cops as, "Robo-Dick" is a nod to director Paul Verhoeven who directed the first Total Recall (1990) movie and the first RoboCop (1987) movie.
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Other than a brief appearance on a video screen, Bryan Cranston does not appear until almost 90 minutes into the film.
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The water in the final fight scene was infected, causing Bryan Cranston to get pink eye in both eyes. Colin Farrell joked on The Graham Norton Show that he defecated in the water to sabotage him.
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Kate Bosworth and Diane Kruger were considered for the role of Lori, and Eva Green, Rosario Dawson and Paula Patton were considered for the role of Melina. Eva Mendes was considered for both roles.
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Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender were considered for the role of Quaid.
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The security check post are designed to look like giant iPhones in the mask scene. Notice the home button on the top.
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Quaid's real name "Hauser" was the name of a 19th century foundling, Kaspar Hauser, who seemed to have spent his entire life in a dark room with no connection to the outside world. He appeared as a teenager and was thought to be a heir of noble descent. This theory was disproved later. He died of a knife wound and told that he was attacked (like Quaid) but there is no positive proof that incident really happened.
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The folding pocket knife Quaid uses when he breaks into his old residence is a production model from CRKT called the "K.I.S.S."
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Dan O'Bannon is listed 3 times as writer while Philip K.Dick is not credited at all. Certainly Dick is the original writer. His fingerprints are all over the idea.
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In the Secret Agent Scene, as the chemical is about to injected into Quaid's arm, McClain tells his assistant to remove the needle from Quaid's arm before the chemical enters his body when McClain learns that Quaid is actually a spy. This hints that it may not be a dream and that it could be for real. If it was a dream, the dream would have began when the chemical is injected into his arm.
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Bryan Cranston who plays Cohaagen, co-starred in AMC's Breaking Bad (2008) with Dean Norris, who was in the original Total Recall (1990).
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The streetwalker with three breasts is a nod to the triple-breasted mutant escort in the 1990 film.
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When the news reporter reports on the explosion, she mentions "Fremont". This is a nod to Len Wisemens hometown of Fremont, Ca.
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Douglas Quaid mentions that his birthday is August 29. The role of Douglas Quaid was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger who also starred in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) in which August 29 is the title date.
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There is a welcoming sign at the station in the Colony, at both sides of the Colony's logotype, that is written in Czech and Bulgarian languages: both Slavic languages using Latin and Cyrillic alphabet respectively. Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria are European Union member states. It seems at the end of the XXI century Czechs and Bulgarians live in the Colony, modern day Australia, while at the beginning of this century they are not among the 40 largest Diasporas of immigrants in Australia.
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The character of Lori Quaid in this film is an amalgamation of the Lori and Richter characters from the 1990 film.
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[13:39]Quaid and Harry joke about going to Mars. This is a nod to the 1990 version of "Total Recall" in which Quaid actually does go to Mars as part of the film plot.
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During the highway chase scene, about halfway through the film, Lori's unit number is 905 according to radio communications. 905 is an area code for much of the Greater Toronto Area, where the movie was filmed.
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Quaid works at a factory that builds robot police, a possible nod to THX 1138 (1971), in which the hero (Robert Duvall) works at the factory that builds android police officers.
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The Synth police robots in the film are white and black. An obvious nod to the Imperial Stormtroopers in the "Star Wars" films.
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Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel have both co-starred in Adam Sandler movies. Beckinsale in Click (2006) and Biel in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007).
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Bill Nighy also appeared in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution With Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale.
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The Region A Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures includes an Audio Descriptive Track.
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Director Trademark 

Len Wiseman: [code number] When Quaid and Melina are being chased, Lori code names Quaid AV-81. AV-81 is also the name of the F-35 plane in Wiseman's Live Free or Die Hard (2007).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Moments before Quaid attempts to pass through the security checkpoint disguised (via holographic necklace) as an Asian man, we see a heavyset lady in yellow. She's a red herring for Quaid, and fans of Total Recall (1990) will notice her intended resemblance to Quaid's disguise in the earlier film. She even gives the same answer to the guard ("Two weeks").
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Colin Farrell's character in a flashback, a scene which has been restored in the director's cut.
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In an extended version of the film, Doug pulls the plaster from his right arm and realizes that the injection mark (the peace symbol) from the memory-implant procedure at Rekall is missing. This hints that Quaid could be dreaming.
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