Total Recall

August 3rd 2012
  • Action/Sci-Fi,
  • PG-13,
  • 118 min,
  • Sony Pictures
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy , Ethan Hawke, John Co, Bokeem Woodbine, Steve Byers, Will Yun Lee, Currie Graham, Jesse Bond, Brooks Darnell, Warren Belle, Michael Therriault, Stephen Macdonald, Joe Vercillo
  • Director: Len Wiseman
  • Writers: Mark Bomback, Philip K.Dick, James Vanderbilt, Kurt Wimmer
  • Producers: Toby Jaffe, Neal H.Moritz
  • Executive Producer: Ric Kidney
  • Art Directions: Patrick Banister, Brandt Gordon
  • Casting: Debra Zane
  • Costume Design: Sanja Milkovic Hays
  • D.O.P.: Paul Cameron
  • Editor: Christian Wagner
  • Makeup: Patricia Keighran
  • Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Production Design: Patrick Tatopoulos
  • Set Decoration: Carolyn “Cal” Loucks


As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he's a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he's on.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Toronto, Canada
  • Production Budget: $200 million
  • Production Companies: Total Recall, Original Film, Rekall Productions
  • Production Schedule: 16 May 2011 – 20 September 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Paul Verhoeven's original sci-fi cult classic "Total Recall" remains one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most fun onscreen outings. Great one-liners, a triple-breasted prostitute, walk-through x-ray scanners, Sharon Stone as an ass kicking bitch, lots of inventive gore, Martin landscapes and questions as to how much of the actions going on are a dream or reality.

The idea of a remake seems utterly silly, but to their credit those involved are taking an entirely different spin on Philip K. Dick's novelette "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" on which the original 'Recall' was loosely based. Shot in 2D in Toronto last year, this new version comes from a script by "Equilibrium" scribe Kurt Wimmer.

On change is that it forgoes Mars all together, keeping the action on a near future Earth divided into two warring states - Euromerica and New Shanghai. It's in this environment that factory worker Doug Quaid (Farrell) begins to suspect that he's a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he's on. Cue a PG-13 action thriller lacking Verhoeven's playful sexuality and knack for graphic violence.

The producers claim this is closer to the book which is "very different" to the earlier film. While there are no alien atmospheric processors, there is technology that allows for near instantaneous travel to the other side of the planet. One big difference is the action - two weeks of the shoot were devoted to an elaborate hover craft action sequence which looks to be the main set piece of the film. Hopefully this will work but I've less faith in it than I did with last year's ultimately not too shabby "Fright Night" re-interpretation."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 2 August 2012: Hong Kong, Sinapore
  • 3 August 2012: Canada, Finland
  • 8 August 2012: Belgium, Sweden
  • 9 August 2012: Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Netherlands, Peru, Russia
  • 10 August 2012: Brazil, Columbia Ecuador, Japan, Mexico, Romania
  • 15 August 2012: France
  • 16 August 2012: Germany, Hungary,Portugual, Slovenia
  • 17 August 2012: Lithuania, Spain
  • 22 August 2012: Ireland, UK
  • 31 August 2012: Norway, Poland
  • 6 September 2012: Australia, New Zealand
  • 12 October 2012: Italy