Total Recall 2012

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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
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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114 of 129 people found the following review helpful By J. Potter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sep 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Greenbank on 15 July 2014
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Image quality is good but the story line is not the greatest. I maybe was expecting to much as the original really did have a great plot with twists & turns right up to the end but this seemed to meander to a pointless ending.

Total Recall, Robocop, Alfie and the rest, maybe Hollywood is simply running out of ideas, making bad remakes so that we go out & buy the originals to remind us why they were good in the first place.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling on 10 July 2013
Format: DVD
If you are going to create a remake of a highly successful and ground-breaking film you should make sure that you produce something special; otherwise your remake will always be measured by its forerunner.
Based on that criteria this 2012 version is not up to scratch.

The special effects are very good in both the original Total Recall [DVD] [1990] and this remake;the action is fast paced in both;the acting is fairly solid,including Arnie"s performance (surprisingly)in the original.

To me,nothing new has been added to this version apart from a slight change to the plot location(substitute Earth for Mars).

2 pretty major actresses in this version don"t make the difference.

I rest my case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By monkeyboy on 6 July 2014
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I found it disappointing. maybe I was just expecting too much. we know the plot, but it just did not seem to deliver it. original film despite a lack of convincing special effects is still the better film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yummer on 5 July 2014
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The original was better. No humour, boring characters. Soulless.

Great special effects though and Colin tried his best (maybe he should have been more careless and mixed it up a bit).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. F. Cope on 24 Jun 2014
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Not so much of a remake but a revaluation of the original story by Philip K Dick, so this version has little of the charm Arnie's version had and none of the quips that he brought along with him. With backgrounds akin to Blade Runner, this movie is a computer generated fest of effects from start to finish and to some degree the story takes a back seat from one scene to the next. Colin Farrell doesn't appear to have a great deal of empathy for the character he is playing and so seems a touch aloof, however the film goes at such a pace that there is plenty to gloss over this.
So, there's no Mars, no robotic taxi driver and, unfortunately little out and out fun. Instead you have a movie that lays the storyline out in no thought required chunks, state of the art special effects, excellent picture quality, some great fight scenes and two gorgeous co stars. At the current price it's still worth a watch, but I do prefer Arnie!
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51 of 63 people found the following review helpful By T. Scott on 23 Sep 2012
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If you go into this film not expecting much, primed by all the negative reviews, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Whilst it's very similar in storyline to the now-surprisingly-camp 1990 original (it is based on the same Philip K Dick story after all) it's totally different in look and feel. For a start its dour set designs are much more realistic of a dystopian future urban environment, instead of the simplistic Logan's Run style sets of Arnie's film. True, it's quite derivative, Blade Runner meets Minority Report with some I Robot thrown in, but it's bustling, intense, action packed and has enough original set pieces to call its own.

With car chases and fights to match Bourne, and twists and turns aplenty, this Total Recall never lets up as the ripped Colin Farrel's intense amnesiac spy races around trying to aid the Resistance's struggle against the Evil Corporation. If that wasn't difficult enough, he is hindered at every turn by scene-stealer Kate Beckinsale's homicidal wife and hard as nails counter spy. Beckinsale is superb (here playing both the Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside roles of the original), gleefully embracing her serious anger management issues as she shoots, punches and kicks her way all over the place.

Overall a completely different experience but this Total Recall is easily as good as the original, so ignore all the nay-sayers even if it's just to see Kate fight angry.
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