Total Recall (2012)

Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke
Director: Len Wiseman

U.S. Opening Date: August 3, 2012


As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he's a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he's on.


A "contemporized adaptation" according to the producers (whatever the heck that is supposed to mean!) of Total Recall, the 1990 sci-fi action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger based on the Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale."

In the original movie Arnie is an overpaid construction worker in the year 2084 who is haunted by visions of Mars even though he has never been to the place. When he goes to a company called Rekall for a virtual vacation (i.e. they implant false memories of a holiday – after all, memories of a holiday are just as good as the real thing isn’t it?) it becomes apparent that Arnie really has been to Mars and is in fact a secret agent of sorts.

Or is he?

The remake is written by Kurt Wimmer who has proven that he hasn’t gotten a single talented bone in his entire body with the dismal Milla Jovovich SF actioner Ultraviolet. It is directed by Len Wiseman who directed Live Free Or Die Hard, thus just the go-to guy for pointless, unimaginative Hollywood remakes and / or sequels . . .








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