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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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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113 of 128 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Despite low expectations and a lacklustre marketing campaign that made it look cheap, the 2012 remake of Total Recall turns out to be a surprisingly spectacular and initially enjoyable chase movie, albeit one that won't stop your interest from wandering. While it creates a more vividly layered world for its characters to chase through than the 1990 film (albeit one that owes a lot to both Blade Runner and Minority Report), it's main failing is that it's just a spectacular chase movie. Though well-staged, the action scenes lack the imagination and violence of Verhoeven's original, and his bitingly black satirical wit is missing as well. But at least initially Len Wiseman plays the character notes with a bit more nuance than you might expect, Colin Farrell being a more likely everyman figure than Arnie was, though a less compelling lead for material this thin.

The plot still owes little to Philip K. Dick's short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, tweaking and reworking the 1990 film instead, sometimes in interesting ways but never with the same kind of delirious breathless feeling of not quite knowing how far it would go next: this is more join the dots stuff, albeit executed to a higher standard than most summer would-be blockbusters. Yet aside from a zero gravity shootout courtesy of the plot's silliest deus ex machina, The Fall (a transport that goes through the centre of the Earth from Britain to Australia), none of the action scenes are original or memorable enough to stop it from getting a little bit dull to watch barely sketched characters shooting at other barely sketched characters for the dozenth time.
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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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