Total Recall 2012 CC

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As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he's a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he's on.

Starring:
Colin Farrell,Kate Beckinsale
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Total Recall

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Len Wiseman
Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale
Supporting actors Bill Nighy, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Ethan Hawke
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 14 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
I kept thinking about the original film while watching this one. To put it simply: Arnold was better than Colin Farrell. Kate Beckinsale in the expanded role is better than Sharon Stone, and I really love them both. Jessica Biel is better than anyone, if you don't believe me, ask her. What I really liked about this film is the updated special effects, down to the electronic notes on the refrigerator door. I love attention to detail.

The action was fast paced. The future looks similar to "The Fifth Element" but with more computer gizmos. If you have seen the original version, then you can miss the first few minutes of this one and be able to pick it up.

For some reason they eliminated all the fun aspects of going to Mars. That is why we watched the first film. Instead we get a film where we simply root for the terrorists. The terrorists are revolting against the Chancellor who wants to replace workers with synthetics, although this theme was poorly developed.

One of the aspects of both productions that I didn't like was the initial dream sequence. Had they eliminated that from both films, then the genius of the script would have been the ambiguity of reality vs. the recall machine.

The film included 3D holograms, Star Wars stormtroopers, Bill Nighy for a brief moment, and an inadvertent mention of an old film "Hauser's Memory."

What I didn't like about this film was all the action. It didn't have drama scenes outside of the beginning. No colorful characters. No time for a Biel/ Farrell love scene. It was like watching someone play a video game. Seriously, where was the writing? The clever lines? The complex character? The relationship? Any moron can write "Bang bang, run shoot, bang, chase, shoot, bang."

Parental Guide: F-Bomb, Nudity (Kaitlyn Leeb wearing a fake chest) no sex. 3 stars is pushing it. Can't wait for the video game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is for the Blu-Ray version. Amazon have a habit of adding reviews from one format under that of another. Therefore comments of quality of picture and sound may not be applicable for other formats.

It is rare that I get to like a remake of a film, sometimes it works well, other times the film industry are just milking the theme. In this case I think sufficient time has passed for the film to be given a different angle and good use of special effects.

This is the kind of film that plays a little with your mind a where you begin to think what If I am actually living a dream right now! Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) has had reoccurring dreams that are leaving him a little dissatisfied about his life and takes a visit to Rekall. The company Rekall can implant dreams into your mind so that you feel you have lived out some fantasy. Quaid chooses to be a spy, but something goes wrong in the process and the police immediately burst through the doors to capture Quaid. Quaid now needs to work out if this is part of the fantasy dream implant or real life. Difficult to do when his wife (Kate Beckinsdale) is now out to kill him.

This is a punchy action film that keeps a good pace throughout the film. The CGI is used to good effect and support the film as opposed to carrying it. Blu-Ray quality is spot on, good sharp images, textures come to life with the higher definition and no patching in the darker scenes, which is just as well as it is a dark film (not unlike Bladerunner). I don't have any fancy audio equipment, just the speakers on the TV, but the sound was full and rich with good thumps from the bass notes. No doubt this would be much better on a decent set of audio speakers.

If you like the mind play of Inception and Matrix, then this is a film for you.
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130 of 147 people found the following review helpful By J. Potter TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Just in case you didn't know, there was once a book called 'We can remember it for you wholesale', which was made into a movie in 1990 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was called Total Recall and was very popular. It was about a man called Douglas Quaid who pays to go on a virtual holiday as a spy to Mars, but as they're implanting the spy memory, they discover he's already a spy. Cue lots of running around on Mars, alien artefacts and literally eye popping special effects.

For this remake we fast forward (cough) twenty two years and now Colin Farrell is Quaid, Len Wiseman (Underworld, Die Hard 4) is directing and Kate Beckinsale is reprising the famous role of Quaid's wife. A mouth watering prospect with Farrell an action star who really can act. Wiseman really knows his action and we all know what Beckinsale can do in leather hotpants.

Visually Total Recall (2012) is stunning. It is one of the richest and deepest realised futuristic worlds I've ever seen. It pulls heavily on Blade Runner and Minority Report but carves a distinctive, grittier feel of its own. A superb backdrop for what turns out NOT to be a remake of the original movie but a re-imagining of Philip K. Dicks original story. There is no Mars here, no eye popping effects or ancient artifacts. Quaid now works in a factory building synthetic police, a job he commutes to across the planet in a shuttle that literally flies through the centre of the earth. But at night Quaid isn't sleeping, he dreams of being chased. When he goes to Recall the real memories are realised and mayhem ensues, practically non-stop to the final credits.
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