Released: 29/08/2012 General releaseA CGI-fuelled reboot of the 1990 action thriller was never going to sit well with fans of the Arnie original but indications suggest this is also devoid of any dynamism or wit. Loosely based on a Philip K. Dick story, Colin Farrell stars as a factory worker, who embarks on a mind-trip courtesy of ‘Rekall', but finds he is really on a dastardly espionage mission. For more information visit: http://www.totalrecall-movie.co.uk/ Watch:
Film4“More or less serviceable action thriller...” A remake can't easily be original in its themes, but surely a distinctive aesthetic of its own is one area where an imaginative talent might choose to set their own stamp on things...
The Observer“A dull movie...” Wiseman's film is (after 20 minutes of scene-setting) one long, repetitive chase with occasional pit stops. The special effects are unremarkable too, and lack the impact of the Verhoeven film...
Little White Lies“A disappointingly forgettable shoot-'em-up...” It never teases the possibility that all this gunplay and espionage is just too exciting to be true. Good sci-fi lives and dies by the strength of its concept. This film prefers to just play with its guns...
Guardian“A remake to forget...” version isn't just a remake of Total Recall, it pecks vulture-like at the iconography of so many sci-fi classics that we pass beyond the realm of the mere homage into a zone in which movies are assembled collage-style from other movies...
Total Film “A CG-lacquered spectacle that’s soullessly efficient...” Entertaining in small doses, but gruelling at two hours, Wiseman’s derivative, spec-hackular upgrade bins the twisted wit and meaty thrills of the Arnie original...
Time Out film“Isn’t the unmitigated disaster many had predicted...” But the editing is so confusing, the action so logic and consequence-free that it swiftly becomes almost unwatchable...Hollywood hack-work at its worst...
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