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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.

Movie Info

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) Sonymore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 18, 2012
Box Office: $58.9M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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 Identit...
Nykeem Provo
as Hauser Cover Identit...
Steve Byers
as Hauser Cover Identit...
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 Y. Chang
as Newscaster
Bill Coulter
as Newscaster
Leigh Folsom-Boyd
as Fall Announcer
Brian T. Delaney
as ATC Dispatcher
Cam Clarke
as Terminal Announcer
Leigh Folsom
as The Fall Announcer V...
Emily C. Chang
as Newscaster
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News & Interviews for Total Recall

Critic Reviews for Total Recall

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (42)

A generic, inconsequential sci-fi caper that looks slick and has a famous title, and offers little else, no matter how many nipples the whores have.

Full Review… | July 17, 2013

It would rather be a blockbuster than a mind-bender. It turns out to be neither.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

More or less serviceable action thriller with some nice ideas for visual set pieces, but did it really have to be as long as it is?

Full Review… | March 4, 2013

Messing with memories is how you forget that a better version of Total Recall happened 22 years ago.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

If there had never been an 'original' Total Recall, the reaction to Wiseman's version would surely have been a lot less frosty. Because in and of itself, it's a decent enough sci-fi action flick - severely flawed, but a lot of fun.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
SFX Magazine

Visually, the 2012 remake is better than the original, with interesting set and background designs, decent enough futuristic vehicles, and superb special effects. The plot is another story.

Full Review… | December 28, 2012
Movie Metropolis

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

Super Reviewer


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.

Super Reviewer

You can skip this one.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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