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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124 of 139 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER 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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