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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 Recall - 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:
Resistance Fighter
Military Adjutant
Bohemian Nurse
Bank Clerk
Stephen MacDonald ...
Rekall Receptionist
LinLyn Lue ...
Resistance Woman


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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Is it real Is it recall See more »

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 USA:

$25,577,758, 5 August 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (extended director's cut)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Len Wiseman: [code number] When Quaid and Melina are being chased, Lori code names Quaid AV-81. AV-81 is also the name of the F-35 plane in Wiseman's Live Free or Die Hard (2007). See more »


If The Fall is free-falling and assuming no resistance, the occupants would be weightless for the entire trip. However people were shown in normal gravity except for the midpoint flip. At 1-G the trip would take 42 minutes (a lot more than the 17 minutes as suggested in the movie), therefore the capsule has to be accelerating/decelerating at higher rates. See more »


[first lines]
Melina: Wake up. Wake up. Wake up.
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Featured in A Mental Construction: The VFX of 'Total Recall' (2012) See more »


Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor
Op. 27, No. 2 ("Moonlight Sonata")
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Colin Farrell
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A Len Wiseman Special
28 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from this movie at the start. I had not watched the original movie (with Arnold Schwarzenegger) so I didn't really know what the story was. I was expecting an overdose of action and a confusing plot.

I was pleasantly surprised by Colin Farrel's acting. I feel he has really improved as an actor and I thought the chemistry between him and co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel was great. The action sequences were fun to watch and exciting. Fast paced action sequences kept me refreshed and the stunning Kate Beckinsale, who you may know from 'Underworld' and 'Van Helsing', nailed the antagonist role.

The director, Len Wiseman, who previously surprised by making 'Live Free or Die Hard' a fantastic action film, has once again done his job well. The storyline was clear and made sense, which was more than what I had expected. I admit that it could have been better, because the climax was kind of dull compared to the rest of the movie, but definitely worth the watch.

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