In need of a vacation from his ordinary life, factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) visits Rekall, a company that can turn dreams into real memories. Thinking that memories of life as a superspy are just the ticket, Quaid undergoes the procedure -- but it goes horribly wrong. Suddenly, Quaid is a hunted man. He teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) on a search to find the head of the underground resistance and take down the leader (Bryan Cranston) of the free world.
Director: Len Wiseman
Producer: Neal H. Moritz, Len Wiseman, Toby Jaffe, Ric Kidney
Cast: Bokeem Woodbine, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, John Cho, Bryan Cranston, Will Lee, Colin Farrell, James McGowan, Milton Barnes, Natalie Lisinska, Mishael Morgan
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Lots and lots of language and then it shows a naked lady's chest...I don't care if she does have 3 boobs, a naked boob be it 1, 2 or 3 is not for PG-13 audiences. Turned it off, never to revisit.December 23rd, 2012 · Details3 Thanks ·
Swore constantly, quite literally they wouldn't have had any dialog if they took out the swearing... Very disappointed in this movie as I really enjoyed the 1990 version. Nothing makes this action movie special, you can get action with better dialog, acting, and plot with other movies.January 22nd, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
I really enjoyed the plot (same as the original), but definitely not a PG-13! The same amount of language, nudity, and violence was in the original Rated R version. This should have been Rated R - definitely not for kids (and many adults as well!)!April 2nd, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Visually fun. Check your brain at the door. It is however worth the $1.60 to rent it only if its on blu ray. And you have extra time on your hands, and low expectationsJanuary 13th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Another movie that did not need to be re-made.May 21st, 2013 · Details
I liked it, but this one I could easily just watch on dvd instead of the theater.March 22nd, 2013 · Details
What does an apartment full of girls do on a Friday night? Watch a movie of course. After loading up on food to make a late night dinner, we stopped at the local Redbox and picked up Total Recall. I had seen the previews for it over the summer and had always wanted to see it. It was easy to convince my roommates to get it because: A) One of my roommates is on an action movie kick since we saw Red Dawn and B) my other roommate was sick of standing there.
Total Recall is a remake of the original Total Recall. The movie is about a man named Doug Quaid who learns he is a spy after going to Rekall to get fake memories. Rekall can‚Äôt give you memories that contradict with a person‚Äôs real life. Doug is picked up by Melina, who is a member of the resistance. Doug sets off to learn who he really is and what he really wants to do about the resistance.
I never saw the original but, benefit of the doubt, I hope it was better than the remake.
First the good stuff. Total Recall is a combination of The Bourne Identity and I Robot. It‚Äôs full of action and is locked in at high speed from about twenty minutes in all the way to the end. Collin Farrell and Jessica Biel were incredible action stars and don‚Äôt even get me started on how awesome Kate Beckinsale was. She did this thing where she slid across a countertop and hooked Farrell around the neck with her knees. Once you see it you‚Äôll probably want to duplicate it‚Ä¶or at least, if you‚Äôre a college kid with roommates who encourage all your ideas, you‚Äôll want to do it.
Now, the not so good. The movie itself was a little hard to follow. Not because the whole time you‚Äôre watching you‚Äôre mentally preparing for an Inception-esque ending, but because there seem to be missing pieces in the shooting of the film. For example, in one scene it‚Äôs hard to follow how Doug gets from the Colony to the United Federation of Britain. Total Recall‚Äôs storyline is a little lacking where things aren‚Äôt explained entirely. Once Doug starts putting his life back together and realizing who he really is, the key players aren‚Äôt explained. Again, missing pieces but you can build bridges and get over it.
Overall, I give this movie a three out of five. The movie was entertaining and a good one to just watch when you want to watch something. It‚Äôs definitely on the higher end of a PG-13 rating though so I would steer clear of watching this with anyone under fifteen. There are a lot of curse words and a sketchy scene when Doug is on his way to Rekall. If you have a free night and you‚Äôre looking for something to do consider this movie it might be just the thing you‚Äôre looking for. It could also be the beginning of realizing that you too, would love to have fake spy memories planted in your brain.
See www.silverscreenrave.wordpress.com for more reviews.February 16th, 2013 · Details
Liked the sci-fi feeling of the movie, but the language, violence and nudity is off the charts for a PG-13. Should be R.December 22nd, 2012 · Details
Did I forget something? There are quite a few people thinking this should almost be an R? A few bad words, I don't remember any nudity, and the violence was geared mostly at robots, I thought it was pretty mild, maybe I am forgetting some scenes with the plot... I thought it was a fun movie, it kept me interested, but the story wasn't anything glorious, not bad either though...December 20th, 2012 · Details
I'm a huge fan of sci-fi films and it pains me to give one a bad review, but I just have to with this version of Total Recall. While the settings and special effects were great, the movie felt like nothing but a single, drawn out chase scene that would just never end. And I wanted it to end before the movie was even halfway through.
On the positive side, the two cities created for the movie look fantastic and would be wonderful settings for any sci-fi film.
On the negative side, this movie left very little room for 'story', and what story they had was shallow and full of gaping holes that destroy any capacity for suspension of disbelief. Every story-adjustment made from the last movie to this one was for the worse. Every single one. Don't bother with this version of Total Recall, it's not worth your time.
The Total Recall Reboot: Fun, but Forgettable
‚ÄúTotal Recall‚Äù is a movie full of questions, foremost is this: why remake a 1990 cult classic which was inspired by an 18-page short story written in the 1960‚Äôs?
Near as I can tell, the answer for fans is: ‚Äúwe have better CGI these days.‚Äù For the producers, the answer is: ‚Äúwe‚Äôll make a lot of money.‚Äù While there have been some changes to story and tone, 2012‚Äôs ‚ÄúTotal Recall‚Äù is more or less the same movie as 1990‚Äôs ‚ÄúTotal Recall,‚Äù a fun but forgettable film with updated special effects.
In all its versions, ‚ÄúRecall‚Äù tells the story of a man named Douglas Quaid (initially played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, now by Colin Farrell), who is dissatisfied with his post-apocalyptic day job and his attentive but insincere wife (Sharon Stone in 1990, now Kate Beckinsale), and driven by mysterious dreams to yearn for something bigger.
Luckily, in the future, ‚Äúsomething bigger‚Äù comes in the form of fabricated memories that can be implanted in your brain for a modest price. After a few moments in a magic chair that looks designed for medieval torture, you can relish in the aftermath of a custom-made vacation complete with romance and adventure. But when Quaid decides to give fabricated memory a try, suppressed memories from his real life emerge, and that‚Äôs when the fun begins.
Aside from bringing the special effects up to 21st Century speed, the 2012 ‚ÄúTotal Recall‚Äù hosts a few changes. While the first film was largely based on Mars, the new version plays out on Earth exclusively, where chemical warfare has rendered the majority of the planet unlivable. The only inhabitable areas left are Great Britain and Australia, connected by a subterranean elevator shaft that takes commuters back and forth through the center of the planet. This time around, Jessica Biel plays the mysterious woman from Quaid‚Äôs dreams, and Bryan Cranston plays the power-hungry mastermind who needs to keep Quaid in check in order to fulfill his evil plans.
Visually, the new ‚ÄúRecall‚Äù feels like a salute to other adaptations of Philip K. Dick short stories. Post-apocalyptic Australia looks like it was lifted directly from 1982‚Äôs ‚ÄúBlade Runner,‚Äù a dank, overpopulated Chinatown underworld filled with neon advertisements and perpetual rain. At the other end of the planet, Britain seems to have gotten the better end of the apocalypse, bearing a streamlined, brightly lit polish that evokes the cityscapes of Steven Spielberg‚Äôs ‚ÄúMinority Report‚Äù from 2002. Gone are all of Arnold‚Äôs bad one-liners and original director Paul Verhoven‚Äôs tongue-in-cheek sci-fi style, which also surfaced in ‚ÄúRoboCop‚Äù and ‚ÄúStarship Troopers.‚Äù This time around, the theme is stone-cold serious.
As appealing as the action and CGI can be, it is the philosophical questions behind the story that maintain its appeal through three incarnations. ‚ÄúTotal Recall‚Äù taps into our own personal search for identity. It is based around a character who is dissatisfied with the life he has, and yearns to be a person of substance and accomplishment. It strains to blur the line between reality and fantasy, and asks us which is more valuable: experience, or memory? While the original short story planted that seed, one common failing of both films is that they stop short of truly mining the potential of those questions. Like with a lot of sci-fi films, once the plot cat is out of the bag, it‚Äôs just time to fight it out until one character is left standing.
One primary difference between the two films is their ratings. The 1990 version was a typical Schwarzenegger-era action flick, with over-the-top bloody violence and R-rated language. This time around, the violence is persistent but subdued, and there is only one obligatory use of the ‚ÄúF-bomb,‚Äù though the cast tries to make up the difference by packing in enough permissible profanity to keep things at an edgy PG-13. Parents should be warned, though: while the sensuality is at a minimum, Director Len Wiseman decided to preserve the infamous three-breasted prostitute from the original film, leaving us with the most mystic question of all: ‚Äúis prosthetic nudity real nudity?‚Äù