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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.

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

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Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Len Wiseman
Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale
Supporting actors Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine, Bill Nighy, John Cho, Will Yun Lee, Milton Barnes, James McGowan, Natalie Lisinska, Michael Therriault, Stephen MacDonald, Mishael Morgan, LinLyn Lue, Dylan Smith, Andrew Moodie, Kaitlyn Leeb, Leo Guiyab, Nykeem Provo
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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Very good film. I watched and liked the original, and I watched and liked this remake just as much. Colin Farrell and Kate Bekinsale are both as watchable as ever..

Picture and audio quality is great - at least as far as a typical person like me (with a basic 42" HD TV and PS 3 bluray player) can tell.

Trying to watch the ultraviolet 'digital version' of the film is as fun as always. The UV code is in the box, so we're up and running. Get the laptop PC and log into the ultraviolet site and enter the code, which sends you to the sony entertainment site to ...... create an account, log in and enter the code again, which ..... redirects you to the Flixter site where you can create an account and log in and renter the code.again, which adds the film to your Flixter library. Apparently. So, put away the laptop, and back to the PS3 and TV. Look for the Flixter program for the PS3 and ..... the PS3 doesn't have Flixter. So I can't watch my UV version of my Sony film, authorised via the Sony entertainment site, on my Sony console. Great, so get the laptop PC, get the spare HDMI cable, attach the laptop to the TV, log into flixter and ..... its not there.

Every so often I try to watch the UV version of a film, then I remember why I don't. Ever get the feeling, they really really really really don't want you to be able to use those codes.

Thank goodness there was a bluray disc in the box too.

Excellent film.
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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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Forget about the plot or whether or not it lives up to the Arnie version just consider the following premise...

Apparently in the future only 2 areas are safe - England and Australia. Connecting these 2 areas is a tunnel that somehow makes it possible to travel through the centre of the earth - you know, that mass of spinning metal as hot as the surface of the sun. And even better news, it only takes 17 minutes! And why does our faithful hero make the journey everyday? So he can work on a production doing repetitive manual labour making robots. Robots that are so sophisticated and advanced that they are trusted to serve as the police force. Er so if thats the case, why not just have robots making robots instead of sending people to the other side of the world everyday?

It all looks very futuristic but the story is weak, the characters one dimensional and the action is tedious because you never really care.
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