Total Recall (2012)



Critic Consensus: While it boasts some impressive action sequences, Total Recall lacks the intricate plotting, wry humor, and fleshed out characters that made the original a sci-fi classic.

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Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police - controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (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. -- (C) Sony
PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Colin Farrell
as Douglas Quaid/Hauser
Kate Beckinsale
as Lori Quaid
Jessica Biel
as Melina
Bryan Cranston
as Cohaagen
Bill Nighy
as Mathias
John Cho
as McClane
Milton Barnes
as Resistance Fighter
James McGowan
as Military Adjutant
Natalie Lisinska
as Bohemian Nurse
Michael Therriault
as Bank Clerk
Mishael Morgan
as Rekall Receptionist
Linlyn Lue
as Resistance Woman
Andrew Moodie
as Factory Foreman
Kaitlyn Leeb
as Three-Breasted Woman
Leo Guiyab
as Hauser Cover Identity
Nykeem Provo
as Hauser Cover Identity
Steve Byers
as Hauser Cover Identity
Danny Waugh
as Officer
Geoffrey Pounsett
as Sentry Lieutenant
Jesse Bond
as Lead Sentry
Warren Belle
as Security Sentry
Matthew Nette
as Sentry
Brett Donahue
as Sentry Trooper
James Downing
as Synth Captain
Simon Sinn
as Murray
Lisa Chandler
as Prostitute
Miranda Jade Fratton
as Girl on Balcony
Shereen J. Airth
as Red-Headed Lady
Phillip Moran
as Immigration Officer
Clive Ashborn
as Newscaster
Emily Y. Chang
as Newscaster
Bill Coulter
as Newscaster
Merella Fernandez
as Newscaster
Alicia-Kay Markson
as Newscaster
Brian C. Rodriguez
as Newscaster
Leigh Folsom-Boyd
as Fall Announcer
Brian T. Delaney
as ATC Dispatcher
Cam Clarke
as Terminal Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Total Recall

All Critics (222) | Top Critics (43)

'Total Recall' is Hollywood at its worst: pointless, witless, and so very unnecessary.

Full Review… | August 28, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

With a new generation of visual effects at his command, director Len Wiseman has the ability to paint on a broader canvas, but since we see this caliber of movie magic on a regular basis it's no longer an Event.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
Top Critic

"Total Recall" is a toned-down, smoothed-out version of an amped-up, bug-eyed classic.

Full Review… | August 5, 2012
Top Critic

This is a taut, serviceable sci-fi thriller with a couple of neat visual ideas, and if you're not familiar with either the Schwarzenegger version or the original story, the brain-bending twists alone will take you a reasonably long way.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Top Critic

Casting and visuals are an upgrade, but we get far too many action sequences and not enough of the mind games.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Top Critic

I was no particular fan of the first Total Recall, but I confess that this flat, by-the-numbers remake made me a tad nostalgic for its bombastic preposterousness.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Total Recall

Okay, so its not the original, but what is any more? What is "original", f'cryinoutloud? Ain't it only a conceit? Taken on its own merits then, there's plenty of action and adventure here - they're in some futuristic environment - with plenty of chases and shooting and punching robot stormtroopers, the meat and potatoes this genre demands, so what else do ya want? Bad reputations aren't always justified. This delivers the goods.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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May not have the charme of Schwarzenegger's original, but delivers non-stop chases and action in a pretty cool production design. Entertaining enough!

Jens S.
Jens S.

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You can skip this one.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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