Total Recall (2012)

Total Recall – Is it real. Is it recall.

Total Recall

Colin Farrell—————————————–Douglas Quaid/Cole Hauser
Kate Beckinsale————————————Lori Quaid
Jessica Biel——————————————-Melina
Bryan Cranston————————————–Cohaagen
Bokeem Woodbine———————————Harry
Bill Nighy——————————————–Matthias
John Chow——————————————McClane

Directed by Len Wiseman
Screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback.
Screenstory by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povill, and Kurt Wimmer.
Based on the Motion Picture “Total Recall” Screenplay by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, and Gary Goldman.
Based on the Motion Picture “Total Recall” Screenstory by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, and  Jon Povill.

The original Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was a fun movie with lots of action. This remake tries its best to retell the story while increasing the action.

Douglas Quaid (Farrell) is a hard working factory worker that has something missing in his life. He is considering going to “Recall” where they will implant memories into your mind. We see early on that he reads Ian Fleming novels and so his choice to become a spy is what interests him the most. When McClane (Chow) starts the process something goes wrong and Douglas becomes the main target of the authorities.

Lori Quaid (Beckinsale) cannot believe her husband allowed them to mess with his mind. In mid conversation she turns on a dime and attacks Douglas. This establishes our antagonist for the rest of the movie and what an incredible performance is given by Kate Beckinsale. Her fight sequences are outstanding and she dominates the screen when she is on it. I guess it doesn’t hurt that her real life husband directed this movie.

The story focuses on a resistance group that is trying to shake up the establishment. Douglas does not know what is going on but he slowly starts piecing things together. Melina (Biel) helps Douglas through a few tight situations but Douglas remembers her from his dreams or were those memories?

There are great moments throughout this film that pay tribute to the original movie. We get more than a handful, the lady on vacation for two weeks, and an outstanding elevator chase that topped the original. Len Wiseman has done a fantastic job retelling a good story and making it great.

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Runtime: 118 Minutes

Production Budget: $125,000,000.

Box Office
Domestic: $58,877,969.
Worldwide: $198,467,168.

CC Rating: 9 out of 10

Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.

Directors’ Previous Movies: Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld, Underworld: Evolution.

If you liked this try: Total Recall (1990), Oblivion, Avatar.