Total Recall

Published January 6, 2013

Total Recall

Film info

  • Title Total Recall
  • Director Len Wiseman
  • Year 2012
  • Run time 1hr 58m
  • Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
  • Tagline What is real?

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) 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. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:32 Travelling from one side of the earth to the other for work must give you some jetlag.
3:53 I’d complain about the lens flare, but it’s actually some kind of amazing taser flare.
4:27 There is a lot of lens flare though.
7:19 It is quite difficult to take him seriously though. “Christmas is all around me.”
11:45 That Fall thing has actually blown my mind. Gravity reversal and everything.
16:00 Oh my… touchscreen fridge. I needs me one of those.
19:50 Not impressed that dubstep will still be around in the future.
22:17 I wonder what memory I would want.
25:01 That’s one way to clear a room!
28:51 “You killed them? With what, your book?”
33:17 Their house is quite awesome. All different levels to jump about in.
37:59 I think I can hear his Irish creeping through occasionally.
39:15 This always happens, when we have RoboCops or Terminators… things go wrong!
41:47 She is not friendly!
46:45 The trouble with making everything out of glass in the future is that there’s a lot of shattering to be had when a fight breaks out!
48:06 I like these cars.
51:15 Driving on both the top and bottom of the road could ease congestion a bit.
53:33 Big Ben!
56:44 He broke off a piano key. Sacrilege.
1:03:44 It’s like Inception. Dreams, memories, who knows what is going on?
1:09:26 These are like Willy Wonka lifts, they go in all directions.
1:22:07 All this “things being hidden in your mind” stuff is creeping me out.
1:28:10 Poor Hammond!
1:35:10 Propelled by his own bullets. Genius.
1:50:44 I’m glad he didn’t wake up and it was all a dream. Ambiguity is fine though.


I’ve not seen the original Total Recall, Mr C has but couldn’t remember masses about it. I’m a fan of any good action movie, of course, and throw in a bit of dystopia too then you have a winner.

This was a perfectly functional action movie, not bad overall, but with a few detractions.

More than anything, it loses points for the epic lens flare fail. I thought that people would have seen what JJ Abrams did and learnt their lesson, but no. This was worse. Awful. Blinding. Irritating. The characters were okay, but Kate Beckinsale was the best thing in it and she was supposed to be the bad guy/girl.

On the flip side, there were genuinely a few jaw-dropping moments, and some of the futuristic stuff was fabulous.

**Rating: **3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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