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Sci-Fi - Dystopian Future

Total Recall (2013)

Duration 1h 58m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The 1990 original itself based on the Phillip K. Dick story We Remember it for You Wholesale.
Writers/Script Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback (screen story by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povill, Kurt Wimmer)
Additional Info The first Phillip K.Dick story to be used in a movie was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which appeared as Blade Runner in 1982.
Director Len Wiseman
Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeen Woodbine, Bill Nighy, John Cho, Ethan Hawke
Elevator Pitch In a dystopian future, where Europe and Australia, the remaining countries, are connected by a passenger system which travels though the earth’s core, a worker dreams (literally) of being a secret agent. In order to settle his mind he decides to have memories of being a secret agent implanted at “Total Rekall”, but as the operation is started the man in charge realises that he really is a secret agent, and at that moment armed police, led by the woman who he thought was his wife, break in and try to capture him. What’s going on?
Content The man travels in the transport system and works on police robots; after visiting Rekall he goes on the run, relentlessly pursued by the woman he thought was his wife aided by real and robot police. There are explosions and gunfire and one or two mind tricks as his enemies try to convince him  that he is dreaming. The only nudity that of a three breasted woman, at least one of which must be fake. No smoking or drinking – or eating, I don’t think.
A View I was a fan of the previous Total Recall and quite liked this one as well although, to be honest, I was never quite sure what was going on. The main plot seemed to be that the villain intended to invade the country at the other end of the transport system using robots, but we would have to ask why. Never mind – I liked the technology and KB was extremely glamourous as usual. The critics were not enthusiastic, but the general public more so. A fun couple of hours if you like that sort of thing.

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