Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, John Cho
Mark Bomback, Kurt Wimmer
Toby Jaffe, Neal H. Moritz
Len Wiseman, Ric Kidney
BASED ON A SHORT STORY BY:
Philip K. Dick
Total Recall (2012) Summary
In a story set in the late 21st century, Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) has disturbing recurring dreams about being a secret agent. Unable to shake the memories, he enters Rekall, a company that provides clients with artificial memories. When the memory implant goes horribly wrong, Quaid begins to suspect that he was in fact a secret agent whose current life as a low-level factory is actually the false memory implanted into his brain by the government. As Quaid struggles to distinguish between real and false memories, he is pursued by the police, led by the leader of the free world, Vilos Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), chancellor of the UFB (United Federation of Britain). Quaid discovers that his service as an agent was working for Cohaagen, when he defected to the Resistance in an attempt to overthrow the UFB. His true memories were taken from from him when the UFB police captured him. Now, he must join forces with fellow agent Melina (Jessica Biel) to stop a ruthless plot to take over the colony in which they live while also trying to gain a total recall as to his true identity.
As with most remakes, lovers of the original Total Recall film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger will probably be disappointed with this version. Yet despite the differences between the two films, this is a movie that is engaging, exciting, and with non-stop action that will keep science fiction and adventure fans on the edge of their seats from the opening scene. While some viewers might not like wondering what was “real” and what was false memory, other viewers enjoy the mystery of such uncertainty.
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