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Post Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:01 am

TOTAL RECALL 2012

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http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/total-recall-2012/

There's a new "Total Recall" headed to theaters, and while it takes its cues from the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by Paul Verhoeven, it departs from the original in some big ways.

Most notably, this version is entirely earthbound, while the first spent the majority of the film on the planet Mars. Removing the Martian element not only breaks away from the previous movie, but also the Philip K. Dick short story that inspired it, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale."

The set-up of the film is still fundamentally the same, though. In the future, Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell, in the role originated by Schwarzenegger) has a seemingly normal life with a loving wife (Kate Beckinsale). But he's compelled to visit Rekall, a service that implants memories of wonderful experiences you never really had. In Quaid's case, though, it unlocks secrets that have been erased from his brain.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Colin Farrell (Photos: Everett Collection/Columbia Pictures)

Quaid discovers that his entire existence is a lie, and the truth of his past as a secret operative has been wiped away. The woman he thought was his wife is actually a spy on a mission to monitor him, and when he gets too close to the truth, she tries to kill Quaid. Through messages he recorded before his memory was erased, Quaid begins to reconstruct who he was and why he is a wanted man.

It's at that point when the story takes a big shift from the original. Rather than head to Mars to uncover the truth about an uprising of mutants, Quaid stays on Earth. A resistance force is fighting against the oppressive government, and Quaid joins up with one of the rebels (Jessica Biel) to find the leader of the movement.

There looks to be plenty of nods to the original sprinkled in through the movie. The woman Quaid encounters at the beginning of the trailer, for example, tells him, "You're going to wish you had three hands" (if you've seen the original, you know exactly what she's referring to).

However, this new version has plenty to distinguish it. The character of Richter (played by Michael Ironside) has been removed, giving Quaid's "wife" Lori a bigger role as the main pursuer. It makes sense that director Len Wiseman would want to give Kate Beckinsale a more substantial part, since the two have been married for eight years. Also, advances in digital effects give this movie the flying cars, robotic cops, and epic skylines that would not have been possible in the original.

"Total Recall" opens August 3.
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Post Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:17 am

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Total Recall
In Theaters 8/3/2012...

The Story...

Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. 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 perf...ect 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.

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Post Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:19 pm

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We had a tandem watch of the two Total recalls this weekend. I was surprised to find the new one to be ok. Sure, it had some of the usual problems modern movies have with over use of CGI and such. But on the whole I liked it. I also liked that they made the whole "is this a memory or not" question a lot more prominent. Unlike the Arnold version in which I don't get the feeling it is a question at all. And it was fun to see Kate Beckinsale as a baddie.
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