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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3.4 out of 5 stars

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125 of 142 people found the following review helpful By J. Potter TOP 1000 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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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