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Total Recall

Mystery . Thriller . Adventure . Science Fiction . Action

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Actors: Bill Nighy , Bryan Cranston , Jessica Biel , Kate Beckinsale , Colin Farrell , Currie Graham , Steve Byers , Will Yun Lee , Bokeem Woodbine , John Cho
Directors: Len Wiseman
Country: USA , CANADA
Release: 2012-08-03
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  • Joe Williams

    The richly constructed first hour is so superior to any feat of sci-fi speculation since "Minority Report" that the bland aftertaste of the chase finale is quickly forgotten.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Farrell's diction is a noticeable upgrade from Schwarzenegger's but there's also his superior portrayal of sweaty apprehension and killer instinct.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Total Recall is well-crafted, high energy sci-fi. Like all stories inspired by Philip K. Dick, it deals with intriguing ideas. It never touched me emotionally, though, the way the 1990 film did, and strictly speaking, isn't necessary.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Total Recall is a doggone good time, with a bunch of nifty technical and visual flourishes, competently managed plot twists and elegant, Wachowski-esque action choreography that eventually becomes deadening because there's just too much of it and it's dialed up too high. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Director Len Wiseman is good on action, and Patrick Tatopoulus's dystopic production design is within hailing distance of "Blade Runner," his chief influence. But essentially this is a big-screen video game.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Wiseman's PG-13 remake isn't as funny, or vivid, or splatter-tastic. It contains no mutants, inflating heads, trips to Mars, or freaky little psychic dudes named "Kuato" emerging from people's stomachs. But it does a decent job setting up an unsubtle dystopia.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Today's Total Recall does nothing to tarnish the image of yesterday's – 22 years from now, I expect it to be hailed as a classic.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Strip away the video-game visual effects, the endless chases and zero gravity shootouts, and Total Recall comes down to this: What is reality?

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie marches in predictable formations as well. But when Biel's rebel pulls over in her hover car and asks Farrell if he'd like a ride, your heart may sing as mine did.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • A. A. Dowd

    Wiseman's Total reboot won't betray your fond memories of its iconic predecessor. But those hoping for a real head trip - a truly cerebral Dick adaptation - will have to keep waiting.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    The outcome is engaging enough, although not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking both substance and a degree of imagination.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Allison Willmore

    The two films have the same underlying bone structure, sure, but this new Total Recall is made of more serious, more humorless stuff. It looks simultaneously lavish and interchangeable in its explosions and shoot-em-ups with a dozen other recent action movies, and in its sci-fi stylings with a dozen others in the genre.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    Set in a high-tech yet shabby future, the remake of Total Recall is a fully realized piece of production design. But its script, credited to six authors, is more like a preliminary sketch.

    NPR Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    For all of its dazzlingly rendered cityscapes and nonstop action, this revamped Total Recall is a bland thing - bloodless, airless, humorless, featureless. With or without the triple-bosomed prostitute.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    So what makes this 2012 Total Recall superior to the Arnie model? For starters, there's an actual actor in the starring role.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Instead of drawing the audience in, the action scenes merely blur together. And the intriguing, thoughtful concepts at the story's core are glossed over.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The only laugh to be had in Total Recall, a ripsnorting sci-fi action extravaganza that starts well and works its way down to average, is in the opening credits, where we learn that the movie's primary production company is called Original Film. Really?

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    This one is somberly kinetic and joyless.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The new PG-13 movie is a fairly close adaptation of the Verhoeven, and lacks not just the earlier film's newness but its vigor, density, humor and R-rated juice. It's like the dinner-theater revival of a classic play, whose single asset is to remind those present how good the original was.

    Time Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    I rarely pinpoint the exact moment when a promising action movie turns into a pulpy, asinine mess, but I can do that with Total Recall.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Crazy new gadgets, vigorous action sequences and a thorough production-design makeover aren't enough to keep Total Recall from feeling like a near-total redundancy.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    This Total Recall is fast, furious, and frequently confusing fun, but to be completely honest, it lacks the snappy, weirdo vibe of its predecessor.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The biggest flaw of the 1990 Total Recall was how disappointingly banal the endgame was. Wiseman adds some special effects and Michael Bay-style pyrotechnics, but the result is similar. It's doubly deflating because one of the great advantages of remaking a movie is being given the opportunity to correct problems - something not attempted here.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    A pastiche of almost too many movies to count as a remake of just one, Total Recall is mindless, middling fare that fails to utilize – much less expand – the provocative concepts at the core of its iconic 1990 predecessor.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Wiseman's Total Recall isn't intellectualized like "Blade Runner," or even that much more sophisticated than his "Underworld" movies.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It's a bit of a flavourless CGI-fest, without the character and comedy of the Arnie version, and it never really gets to grips with the idea of "reality" as a slippery, malleable concept.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    Perhaps no more absurd than the Verhoeven version, but certainly less amusing. Farrell and Beckinsale emerge unscathed, but the endless scrabbling for novelty and reinvention leaves this feeling unaccountably stale and familiar.

    Empire Full Review
  • Rob James

    Entertaining in small doses, but gruelling at two hours, Wiseman's derivative, spec-hackular upgrade bins the twisted wit and meaty thrills of the Arnie original.

    Total Film Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    There isn't anything in this Total Recall to match the immortal Arnold Schwarzenegger send-offs, "See you at the pah-ty" and everyone's favorite alimony killer, "Consider this a divorce."

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Like a drug that starts with a rush and ends with a headache, Total Recall is too much of a good thing.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    This premise contains the seeds of an interesting economic and political allegory, but the ambitions of the filmmakers - lie in the direction of maximum noise and minimum sense.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    Hardcore genre fans will likely be quite disappointed to find a film that trades vision and originality for something best described as bland and inoffensive.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    There's a lot of eye candy in what ends up being a slick, breathless and at-times enjoyable sci-fi update. Unfortunately, it's what Wiseman forgets to do that makes the biggest difference in his film -- and which keeps it from becoming much more than a glossy missed opportunity.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's big and it's loud, but ultimately not much more than that.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    As for a villain, you could do worse than Bryan Cranston as the evil political overlord who is trying to stamp out the resistance -- When he goes mano a mano with Farrell, it's not spine-tingling. It's embarrassing, like watching a dude beat up his dad.

    New York Post Full Review
  • John Semley

    Len Wiseman's Total Recall's a trifling mess, as superfluous as a third breast.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Where Paul Verhoeven's original was testosterone-stupid and, therefore, fun, Wiseman's film is just boring-stupid.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The remake has no grace notes, or grace, no nuance, no humanity, no character quirks, no surprises in the dialogue and no humor.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    The new Total Recall fails on the most basic levels: Its characters are dull, and its action is duller.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Since the new Recall is totally witless, don't expect laughs. Originality and coherence are also notably MIA.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    There's something sadly poetic about a movie dealing with disappearing memories that vanishes from your mind while you watch it.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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