Total Recall (2012) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

There is a central misconception regarding reboots, it is as if filmmakers are forced to acknowledge hallmarks of the original, while still attempting to expand and position themselves as the better entertainment. This trend continues with the shiny, new update of the Paul Verhoeven/Schwarzenegger sci-fi (semi) classic Total Recall. Director Len Wiseman practices an almost slavish devotion to the touchstones of that 1990 predecessor, after a while I was making a mental checklist of the similarities and differences. Maybe, it is impossible to appreciate this picture without having an affinity with the original? However I think those uninitiated, will find even less to like about this expensive retro fit.
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Total Recall (2012): Feature International Trailer

Feature international trailer for Total Recall.

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.




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Total Recall (2012): International Trailer

International trailer for Total Recall which was released as an extended TV spot.

This person you think you are now, is all a lie.




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The Tall Man: Trailer

Trailer for The Tall Man.

Darkness has descended over the northwestern town of Cold Rock. One by one, its children are disappearing. They leave behind neither clues nor credible witnesses, but instead a legend, a story cloaked in shadows passed from neighbor to neighbor… And with it, a building sense of terror which threatens to devour what’s left of the community itself.

Superstitious locals talk of The Tall Man, a mysterious figure who takes the children away, never to be seen again. But Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) has no time for legends or superstitions. A nurse doing her best for the emotionally distraught and economically devastated former mining town, she tries instead to preserve a semblance of normality both at work and at home. Until terror enters her own front door.

Waking up in the middle of the night, she races to her child’s bedroom, only to discover an empty bed — and a hulking specter in the downstairs doorway who steals off into the darkness with her boy (Jakob Davies).

As Julia follows in pursuit, she will stop at nothing and will risk everything to save him. Joined by determined investigator, Lt. Dodd (Stephen McHattie) and the town’s local sheriff (William B. Davis), the chase is on and with it the quest for answers: Who is ‘The Tall Man’? What has become of the children?

Soon, the town of Cold Rock will have the answers it so desperately seeks, answers that will shake the community to its core.




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Total Recall (2012): Theatrical Trailer

Theatrical trailer for Total Recall.

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 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. 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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Podcast EP125: Amazing Spider-Man, Katy Perry And Savages Predictions, Ted Review

Episode one-hundred and twenty-five. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: The Amazing Spider-Man
Katy Perry: Part of Me
Savages

News: Edgar Wright Has Shot an Ant-Man Test Reel
Tommy Lee Jones Joins Malavita

Movie Reviews: Ted
The Artist

TrailerAddict: The Tall Man: International Trailer
The Man with the Iron Fists: Red Band Trailer

Box Office Breakdown: June 29-July 1, 2012

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