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Total Recall [2012] (1 disc)

Director:Len Wiseman
Writer:Kurt Wimmer
Mark Bomback
Composer:Harry Gregson-Williams
Length:118 minutes
(1 hour 58 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:30%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Reaction: A bit closer to the original Philip K. Dick short story ("We Can Remember it For You Wholesale"), but by keeping the title "Total Recall" it just invites unfair comparisons with that previous film. Overall, this one is an enjoyable action movie that doesn't set itself apart from others quite as strongly as that first movie does.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Len Wiseman => Director
Kurt Wimmer => Writer
Mark Bomback => Writer
Harry Gregson-Williams => Composer
Philip K. Dick => Short Story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"
Bill Nighy => Matthias
Bokeem Woodbine => Harry
Bridget Hoffman => Chopper  (voice)
Bryan Cranston => Cohaagen
Colin Farrell => Douglas Quaid / Carl Hauser
Currie Graham => Bergen  (uncredited)
Dylan Smith => Hammond (as Dylan Scott Smith)
Jessica Biel => Melina
John Cho => McClane
Kaitlyn Leeb => Three-Breasted Woman
Kate Beckinsale => Lori Quaid
Mishael Morgan => Rekall Receptionist
Simon Sinn => Murray
Will Yun Lee => Marek

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • While riding The Fall, Quaid is reading Ian Fleming's 007: The Spy Who Loved Me, a symbolic reference to Quaid being a "secret agent" and the rebel he falls in love with.
  • Ethan Hawke was announced as a part of the cast in an undisclosed role but his role ended up being cut. He played Cole Hauser, Colin Farrell's character in a flashback, a scene which has been restored in the director's cut.
  • The street punk who refers to one of the synthetic robot cops as, "Robo-Dick" is a nod to director Paul Verhoeven who directed the first Total Recall movie and the first RoboCop movie.
  • Quaid goes to safety deposit box 10549. The numbers 10-5-4-9 correspond to the letters J-E-D-I. When Quaid retrieves the box, next to the United Federation of Britain 50 currency unit note with [?] Barck Obama is a 1000 currency unit note with a picture of [?] Loren Wiseman, father of director Len Wiseman.
  • When Quaid attempts to pass through the security check at the entrance to UFB, he is wearing a holographic necklace that produces the image of an Asian man's face. Moments before, a woman with a chubby face, wearing a yellow coat, can be seen. The woman is a red herring as she very much resembles the prosthetic/mechanical "mask" worn by Quaid in the correlating scene of Total Recall. She even gives the same answer to the security clerk ("Two weeks").
  • The one shot fight scene was performed by Colin Farrell himself and was shot 22 times before Farrell did it perfectly.
  • The bank that Douglas goes to is called the First Bank of New Asia. New Asia was the original title for "The Colony", but was changed to "The Colony" in order for people to get the impression that it was more of a melting pot.
  • The announcer in the holographic advertisement for Rekall says, "We can remember it for you." This and the 1990 film were based off of the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, published in 1966.
  • Colin Farrell previously appeared in Minority Report, which was also adapted from a Philip K. Dick short story, and had originally been developed as a sequel to the original film version of Total Recall.
  • Actor Colin Farrell actually spent a night on the set because he wanted "to see what it would be like to wake up in the future".
  • Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender were considered for the role of Quaid.
  • When Quaid/Hauser is fighting the synthetic on top of the six-way elevator car and the synthetic loses an arm, this is a nod to the original film where Michael Ironside's character suffered in a similar way.
  • The first film that married couple Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale have worked on together that isn't Underworld related.
  • Other than a brief appearance on a video screen, Bryan Cranston does not appear until almost 90 minutes into the film.
  • Kate Bosworth and Diane Kruger were considered for the role of Lori, and Eva Green, Rosario Dawson and Paula Patton were considered for the role of Melina. Eva Mendes was considered for both roles.