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Total Recall (2012)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Quaid / Hauser
Stephen MacDonald ...
LinLyn Lue ...


For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife 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 as he finds himself on the run from the police. Written by Sony Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vengador del futuro  »

Box Office


$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,577,758 (USA) (3 August 2012)


$58,877,969 (USA) (5 October 2012)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The announcer in the holographic advertisement for Rekall says, "We can remember it for you." The film is loosely based on a short story by Philip K. Dick called, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." See more »


When Doug and Lori are fighting, Doug gets kicked into a set of stairs. A crash pad is clearly visible when Doug hits the stairs and seconds later is not there anymore. See more »


[first lines]
Melina: Wake up. Wake up. Wake up.
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Referenced in Knight of Cups (2015) See more »


Written by Ebow Graham, Pavan Mukhi, Luca Gulotta and Joseph Erskine
Performed by Foreign Beggars featuring Chasing Shadows
Courtesy of Dented Records
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User Reviews

Total let down
6 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of those remakes which is not as good as the original 90s version. In other words it was pointless.

There is some continuing action that keeps one mildly engaged but the story is weak. The Arnie version had a clear and interesting plot with charm and wit remember "Sweetheart, be reasonable. After all, we're married!", "Consider this a divorce". Also the climax was grand and fascinating - the lack of oxygen bug eyed thing.

There are some vast multi level future cities that resemble an overcrowded Hong Kong or Shanghai. But the chase routines that race through them are repetitive after a while.

Kate Beckinsale's character kept popping back too many times and there is no reason why she is so relentless. Maybe just because her husband is the director. It was nice to see Jessica Biel in a big budget movie again. Colin Farrell plays a more regular guy than an action hero which is good but he doesn't have interesting lines to deliver.

Overall, see this if you want to but be warned it's not as good as the 90s version.

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