12 certificateTotal Recall is a Film programme that first aired in 2012 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Total Recall is a 3 star programme

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Total Recall (2012)

Directed by
Len Wiseman

As the 21st century draws to a close, Earth has been devastated by chemical warfare and only two territories remain: the United Federation of Britain (UFB) and a pseudo-Australia named The Colony.

To escape the morose world, a company known as Rekall brightens up the lives of its customers by implanting fake memories. One client - factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) - takes on a fabricated memory-bank that reinvents him as a spy. However, when he suddenly and inexplicably becomes a hunted man, the line between his true memories and his purchased history are dangerously muddied. With the help of beautiful Melina (Jessica Biel), a woman he recognises from his dreams, he starts to piece together the reality in which he exists, and exposes a conspiracy that goes all the way up to the untrustworthy chancellor of the UFB (Bryan Cranston).

This slick sci-fi adventure goes right back to Philip K Dick's stunning short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale for its source material, bypassing the 1990 adaptation in an effort to avoid comparison. Such is the cult love for Arnie's Quaid, though, that such comparisons were inevitable, and the earlier effort probably comes out on top. What the tale does have is dazzling production design and stunning visuals which, coupled with good performances from Farrell and Biel, in particular, make for enthralling viewing.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2012

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA/Canada

Filmed in Colour

When is Total Recall next on TV?

It's next showing on 5* (Freeview) November 9th, 9:00pm and on 5* Plus 1 November 9th, 10:00pm. See more...


Image for Colin FarrellColin Farrell...Douglas Quaid/Carl Hauser
Image for Kate BeckinsaleKate Beckinsale...Lori Quaid
Image for Jessica BielJessica Biel...Melina
Image for Bryan CranstonBryan Cranston...Cohaagen
Bokeem Woodbine...Harry
Image for Bill NighyBill Nighy...Matthias
Image for John ChoJohn Cho...McClane
Will Yun Lee...Marek
Milton Barnes...Resistance Fighter
James McGowan...Military Adjutant
Natalie Lisinska...Bohemian Nurse
Michael Therriault...Bank Clerk
Stephen MacDonald...Slacker
Mishael Morgan...Rekall Receptionist
Linlyn Lue...Resistance Woman