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Old 30-08-2012, 19:43
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Is the woman with three tits in it though?


Sadly, Jodie Marsh declined the role.
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Old 31-08-2012, 16:45
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Saw this today and actually enjoyed it far more than I expected.It didn't clash in my mind with the Arnie version at all even though there were numerous nods to that film throughout. I loved the look of the film although I expected the UK scenes to be the rainy ones rather than the Colony, was that an injoke by chance? The Fall would be very handy to have in reality. Proper commuter travel.

Colin Farrell was fine in the lead whilst Jessica Biel didn't really make that much of an impression to be honest. Kate Beckinsale played her part like a thing posessed with her dogged pursuit and her seeming indestructability. Nothing like a scorned woman to hold a grudge.

Nowhere near to being a classic, but an enjoyable way to waste a couple of hours all told.
I'd be interested to hear if there were there any bad guys like the memorable villains Vilos Cohaagen and Richter (magnificently played by Ronny Cox and Michael Ironside respectively) from the 1990 original film?

Interestingly, the critics are giving this film relatively poor reviews, e.g. 2/5, but it seems to be more highly appreciated by ordinary cinema goers.
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Old 31-08-2012, 19:26
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There's a version of Cohaagen in it, played by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.

I think that the Richter roll has been combined with that of Quaid's wife Lori, giving Mrs Wiseman a bigger part than Sharon Stone had in the original version.

I haven't seen a single positive review of this. The general consensus appears to be that it is a soulless run-of-the-mill SF action thriller that is inferior to the Arnie original.
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Old 31-08-2012, 21:40
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Jessica Biel is in no way a nobody and she is equally as gorgeous as miss Beckinsale.
And neither was Rachel Ticotin, back in the day.

M'colleague at work is a bit of a movie junky. He was saying today he was going to skip it as he'd also seen nothing but bad bad reviews for it.
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Old 01-09-2012, 17:25
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There's a version of Cohaagen in it, played by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.

I think that the Richter roll has been combined with that of Quaid's wife Lori, giving Mrs Wiseman a bigger part than Sharon Stone had in the original version.

I haven't seen a single positive review of this. The general consensus appears to be that it is a soulless run-of-the-mill SF action thriller that is inferior to the Arnie original.
Thank you for providing that information, Matt D.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:56
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For for me it takes too many gags from the original and too much like bad Sci-fi movies of the day.

It reminds me of Repo Men and The Island.

The acting is weak all round. If it got negative reviews I can see why. The most off putting thing is the bad set and silly space ships and space men like Star Wars.

Strange it has many of the lines from the first movie. First one was cheesy but good think I have to say this is a movie which should never have been remade or readapted.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:42
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You may find this amusing: http://www.the-editing-room.com/total-recall-2012.html

I watched it recently. It was, as in my previous post about the reviews, a soulless run-of-the-mill SF action thriller that is inferior to the Arnie original. Utterly pointless. None of the charm or humour of the Arnie version, none of the fun, and it was all so very... bland and forgettable.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:46
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You may find this amusing: http://www.the-editing-room.com/total-recall-2012.html

I watched it recently. It was, as in my previous post about the reviews, a soulless run-of-the-mill SF action thriller that is inferior to the Arnie original. Utterly pointless. None of the charm or humour of the Arnie version, none of the fun, and it was all so very... bland and forgettable.
I think forgettable is the word for this movie. It could have been so much better but there's been better sci-fi hits since Total Recall and this remake is definitely not a good movie.
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Old 25-02-2013, 15:30
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saw this the other night and felt it was magnificent

amazing cgi, reminded me of blade runner, loved the air born favellas,such brilliant imagination

the actions scenes were crazy, the favella run and elevator hopping being my favourites

and a complex and interesting story with a good cast

9/10 for me...maybe even 10/10 for sci fi fans

cant understand why some didnt take to it
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Old 25-02-2013, 16:52
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saw this the other night and felt it was magnificent

amazing cgi, reminded me of blade runner, loved the air born favellas,such brilliant imagination

the actions scenes were crazy, the favella run and elevator hopping being my favourites

and a complex and interesting story with a good cast

9/10 for me...maybe even 10/10 for sci fi fans

cant understand why some didnt take to it
Seriously? 10/10 - you've got to be joking?
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Old 25-02-2013, 18:55
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cant understand why some didnt take to it
Because it was an average and forgettable remake of a sci-fi action classic.
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Old 25-02-2013, 22:37
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Because it was an average and forgettable remake of a sci-fi action classic.
Even average is being overly generous...
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Old 26-02-2013, 11:45
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it was a million times better than the original imo
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Old 26-02-2013, 12:42
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it was a million times better than the original imo
Surely this is a wind up?
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Old 27-02-2013, 00:32
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just saw it tonight on bluray.excellent and better than the original.
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Old 27-02-2013, 12:15
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obviously not a wind up

i loved this movie and really cannot understand why someone wouldnt unless they wanted to hate it from the outset
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:11
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Well, I hated this movie and really cannot understand why someone would love it.

Average, run of the mill, etc...
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:41
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Surely this is a wind up?
An opinion.

I thought it was better then the original too, imo.
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Old 29-05-2013, 12:37
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I notice this movie has sunk down the ITunes chart and it's cheap to buy in the shops.

It was one of the worst remakes in years. I'm still puzzled by the direction they took this movie.
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Old 29-05-2013, 15:39
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Watched this the other night - was OK, but much preferred the original.
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Old 24-05-2014, 21:19
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Apologies for resurrecting the thread...

Anyway, just watched this because, well football on instead of BGT on ITV, so thought I'd give my impressions, as I'm sure everyone wants to hear them .

Not a bad action film, but is missing all the humour and atmosphere of the Arnie version. Lots of running about and fighting, but I honestly couldn't have given a stuff if the main character had lived or died. He was no Arnie.

It actually now comes across as a totally transparent re-tread of the American War of Independence, with Australia (now being called the colonies, so you can identify that it's supposed to be the US), and Britain now, for some reason, being the oppressing state. Why the hell would two places on opposite sides of the world be the only ones to survive a war? It's a shame that it's all set on Earth too, and there are no aliens or mutants.

If you're going to remake the story, why not put the focus more on memory and identity, by far the most interesting aspects, and less on action and evil empires?
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Old 25-05-2014, 00:05
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If you're going to remake the story, why not put the focus more on memory and identity, by far the most interesting aspects, and less on action and evil empires?
For me the first one was all about the mars bit. There's been far better films done in this format like Source Code.

The movie was spoiled by a weak cast, the set was rubbish. It tried to be a remake but doing so different they kept referring to the first as cheesy.

Now it goes down as a bad remake. I have tried to enjoy this movie but it's just not a good watch.
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Old 25-05-2014, 06:51
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Like the Robocop remake, the rehash of Total Recall is sorely missing Verhoeven's satirical wit.
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Old 25-05-2014, 12:38
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Like the Robocop remake, the rehash of Total Recall is sorely missing Verhoeven's satirical wit.
Why look at them as remakes, they are a retelling of the story, if you always refer back to the original what is the point of watching the new ones, apart from going the original was better..in Total Recall's case in my opinion it isn't.
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