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.
This Total Recall requires that you junk all memories of the Schwarzenegger film, in order to enjoy the new narrative involving a chemical fallout across all lands save for Britain and parts of Europe now being part of a Greater Britain, and Australia, known as The Colony.
The story is set strictly on Earth, involving a carnival-styled train service that commutes between the two territories, having to pass adjacent to the Earth’s core, for some nifty CG effects involving gravitational force reversal.
It’s big on action sequences and slight on actual story, with pauses only to allow the film to breathe a little.
Also for the tagline of “What is real?”, this remake doesn’t really keep you in suspense in a what is, and what is not thought, because for this new generation of audiences, Len Wiseman probably considered it best if everything was spoon fed.
Ultimately, Total Recall 2012 is one big amusement park ride. For people who have seen Paul Verhoeven’s version, this one definitely pales in comparison, in story, action and just plain fun.
Movie: Total Recall
Cast: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine and Bryan Cranston
Directed by: Len Wiseman