Total Recall (2012)

Total Recall (2012)

Total Recall (2012)

A re-adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic short story, set in a futuristic sci-fi world where memories can be relived, for a price. For factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip of Rekall - a company that implants artificial memories - sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man.

Finding himself on the run from the police - controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world - Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen.

2012Rating: M, contains violence, offensive language & nudity118 minsUSA, Canada
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Variety

Variety

Crazy new gadgets, vigorous action sequences and a thorough production-design makeover aren't enough to keep Total Recall from feeling like a near-total redundancy.

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Total Film

Total Film

Entertaining in small doses, but gruelling at two hours, Wiseman's derivative, spec-hackular upgrade bins the twisted wit and meaty thrills of the Arnie original.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

So what makes this 2012 Total Recall superior to the Arnie model? For starters, there's an actual actor in the starring role.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The ambitions of the filmmakers lie in the direction of maximum noise and minimum sense.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Total Recall is well-crafted, high energy sci-fi. Like all stories inspired by Philip K. Dick, it deals with intriguing ideas. It never touched me emotionally, though, the way the 1990 film did, and strictly speaking, isn't necessary.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The fun is fun while it lasts, it just doesn't last long enough.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The outcome is engaging enough, although not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking both substance and a degree of imagination.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Its only evident passion is for excessive lens flares.

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