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Total Recall (I) (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Mystery  |  3 August 2012 (USA)
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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)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Quaid retrieves his safe-deposit box, bills with the picture of president Barack Obama can be seen. 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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Version of Total Recall 2070: Machine Dreams: Part 1 (1999) 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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Whoever Owns the Film Rights to Philip K. Dick's Stories Should Be Ashamed!
3 August 2012 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

The acting was mediocre. In one scene I even felt an actor was having difficulty with his lines and that's annoying! What's even more annoying is that the main "bad guy" is a depraved, Teflon-coated, wonder woman who can easily beat the stuffing out of our hero, despite the fact he also happens to be a professionally trained killer with muscles the size of bowling balls. Throughout the entire movie, this wonder woman just keeps coming back like a pesty stalker. Hardly getting a scratch until the very end. I was even waiting for her to start talking like Clint Eastwood! She also enjoyed explaining herself too much and I was really hoping she would get dispatched ASAP because her presence was undermining the entire story!

I have to admit I cared about the good guys! I wanted them to win, but unlike the first Total Recall, I didn't care nearly as much. In the original film I desperately wanted the good guys to win! In the remake my feelings were muted. After all the remake has been dumbed-down, which makes it dull. Sure there's plenty of CGI eye candy and plenty of Clone Trooper-type guys in body armor getting miraculously mowed down at every corner. But the story is not edgy in the least! Unlike the original Total Recall, where you really didn't know if the good guys were going to win.

And the remake has no message, unlike the original. The original was about mind-bogglingly oppressive corporate greed and as a result you felt a wide range of strong emotions! So much was at stake!

I don't like it when a great story is reduced to so many campy clichés! There was great tension building in the first half of the film only to fall apart later! It's so obvious Hollywood focus-grouped the screenplay to death in order to pander to the teen and pre-teen boy segment of the movie going public! Too bad Philip K. Dick will be spinning in his grave tonight. Whoever owns the film rights to his stories should be ashamed of themselves and PLEASE make no more movies if this is the best you can do! Try to protect the man's legacy, instead!

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