Total Recall

Released 2012


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Len Wiseman

Douglas Quaid, a blue collar factory worker, is fed up with his average existence until he visits Rekall - a company specializing in implanting fake memories in their clients. After his visit, Douglas suspects he may actually be a spy and finds himself on the run from trouble, including the women he thought was his wife.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times 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 ...

  • 55


    The two films have the same underlying bone structure, sure, but this new Total Recall is made of more serious, more humorless stuff. It looks simultaneously lavish and interchange...

  • 50

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The biggest flaw of the 1990 Total Recall was how disappointingly banal the endgame was. Wiseman adds some special effects and Michael Bay-style pyrotechnics, but the result is sim...

  • I thought they were joking when they said they were remaking this film.

    They weren't joking. Even though there was 12 years between the original & this remake I thought remaking it was a tacky move. It is generally considered bad form to remake a film that is less than 25 years old because they will compete in the video store & it is unfair to have someone lay the ground work for a better remake which is exactly what this film is-a better remake based on all the same ideas that appeared in the original. That it is a better film means not a whole lot because it is truly to ride on the coat tails on the work of someone else. That seems to be a pattern in many of todays big SF movies which is a departure from where things were back in the 1980's in terms of the general tenor of SF filmmaking demanding originality in the 1980's & 1990's or at least the semblance of it. This is a very utilitarian effort in the final analysis.moreless

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