Total Recall

2012

Total Recall

Critics 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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47%

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User Ratings: 116,698
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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

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Cast

Colin Farrell
as Douglas Quaid/Hauser
Kate Beckinsale
as Lori Quaid
Bill Nighy
as Mathias
John Cho
as McClane
Milton Barnes
as Resistance Fighter
James McGowan
as Military Adjutant
Natalie Lisinska
as Bohemian Nurse
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
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 C. Chang
as Newscaster
Bill Coulter
as Newscaster
Leigh Folsom-Boyd
as Fall Announcer
Brian T. Delaney
as ATC Dispatcher
Cam Clarke
as Terminal Announcer
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Audience Reviews for Total Recall

  • May 07, 2016
    "Total Recall" is another one of Hollywood's unnecessary remakes of a 1990's action movie. The plot to "Total Recall" is that a man named "Doug Quaid" portrayed by "Collin Farrell" feels bored with his life and goes to a company named "Rekall" which is a virtual reality that makes a fantasy seem real. Later on an error occurs and all hell breaks loose. The movie opens as the 1990 film did by "Quiad" having one of his nightmares also known as memories. The scene is entertaining to watch but other than that the first 20 minutes of the film are slow and boring to watch. Throughout the most of the movie it shows "Quaid" psychologically processing what is happening while also fighting people off. These scenes are great to watch but at points the movie becomes hard to understand which shouldn't happen. The movie's climax was entertaining to watch but didn't give the audience an overall satisfaction. "Colin Farrell" gives the audience a dramatic and a thrilling performance as "Quaid", he may not do as good of a job as "Arnold Schwarzenegger" back in 1990 but he still gives a superb performance. "Harry Gregson-Williams" gives film score was at times doesn't make scenes feel adrenaline pumping or exciting. The biggest issue with this movie is the cinematography; the first action-sequence is filmed horribly and after 2 minutes is a challenge to watch. Throughout the movie it isn't as bad as the first sequence. If you are a person who enjoyed the 1990 thrill ride known as "Total Recall" then I recommend you watch 2012's "Total Recall" as it has superb acting, entertaining scenes and an okay plot. Although the movie is not perfect it has some issues, these being the first 20 minutes being slow, unentertaining music and cinematography issues. I give 2012's "Total Recall" a 6.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2015
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2014
    In "Total Recall," Douglas Quaid(Colin Farrell) has not been having a good time of it lately that goes beyond his lousy factory job and hovel of a home in the Colony. Now, he has to work double shifts due to Chancellor Cohaagen's(Bryan Cranston) ramping up his own personal war on terror and is denied a promotion through no fault of his own. So, Quaid seeks a little escape. After conflicting reviews, he chooses it of the virtual kind in Rekall, what with his wife Lori(Kate Beckinsale) also having to work long hours. But then everything goes sideways and filled with bullets. This remake of "Total Recall" does admittedly have certain things going for it, even while ignoring the mind games even more than the original.(For the record, I accept everything I see on screen at face value unless there are penguins involved.) That involves some inventive world building, a social consciousness & relevance, white knuckle moments and a very good performance from Colin Farrell. But none of that means much when there is a story that is purely by the numbers, thus reminding us why any movie worth its salt should not be remade. However, if one had to remake the original "Total Recall," then I suppose one creative way would have been to treat the first movie as fictional in that universe, and build on that in the most meta way possible.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2013
    You can skip this one.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer

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