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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)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'Total Recall' is Hollywood at its worst: pointless, witless, and so very unnecessary."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Casting and visuals are an upgrade, but we get far too many action sequences and not enough of the mind games."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"A generic, inconsequential sci-fi caper that looks slick and has a famous title, and offers little else, no matter how many nipples the whores have."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Messing with memories is how you forget that a better version of Total Recall happened 22 years ago."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"Wiseman makes mildly pretty films, full of blues and grays and lens flares, but they're the definition of bland."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
""Total Recall" is a toned-down, smoothed-out version of an amped-up, bug-eyed classic."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"I was no particular fan of the first Total Recall, but I confess that this flat, by-the-numbers remake made me a tad nostalgic for its bombastic preposterousness."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"It would rather be a blockbuster than a mind-bender. It turns out to be neither."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"If there had never been an 'original' Total Recall, the reaction to Wiseman's version would surely have been a lot less frosty. Because in and of itself, it's a decent enough sci-fi action flick - severely flawed, but a lot of fun."
‑ Dave Golder, SFX Magazine
"[D]irector Len Underworld Wiseman's least hacktackular movie yet, which isn't to say that it's quality entertainment, but it is some solid B-grade processed-cheese-product movie junk food."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"This is a taut, serviceable sci-fi thriller with a couple of neat visual ideas, and if you're not familiar with either the Schwarzenegger version or the original story, the brain-bending twists alone will take you a reasonably long way."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Whatever tug Total Recall has on the imagination comes from the vague sense we've seen it all before. And seen it better: from Christopher Nolan's Inception to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"More or less serviceable action thriller with some nice ideas for visual set pieces, but did it really have to be as long as it is?"
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Visually, the 2012 remake is better than the original, with interesting set and background designs, decent enough futuristic vehicles, and superb special effects. The plot is another story."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"While far from terrible, this retread forgoes any qualities to justify its existence in the first place. It will be justly forgotten before long."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
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