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Total Recall
Category Action , Sci-Fi
Year: 2012
Time: 118 minutes
Director: Len Wiseman
Cast:
Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy
MPAA PG-13 / UK12A
Our Rating 7/10 - Honestly, it's not that bad!
Watchability 7/10 - Could have done more with a 'is it real or a dream' ending though
 
Plot:

Douglas Quaid is tired of his mundane life and longs for something different, so taking the advice of a work colleague he visits 'Rekall' - a mind-altering experience to give the user real-world memories that are almost as good as the real thing. He chooses the 'Spy' adventure card, confirms that he has not lived a similar life which would mess with the program ... but things start to go wrong when he is injected with chemicals to start the Rekall process.

 
So, how does it end?

Quaid is soon hunted down by the robot army led by his wife, Lori. On a metallic motorway he is rescued by Melina where he hitches a ride. Soon enough though, surrounded by a persistent Lori and her friends, they lose the magnetic traction and crash land onto a London street, before hurrying off to the address in his pre-recorded message - his old apartment.

At the apartment, Quaid tinkers on the piano, soon realising that he has a knack for the ivories, and unlocking another secret recorded message ... this time, we learn that Quaid is in fact Carl Hauser, a UFB agent who was undercover, but turned and went rogue to help the resistance. He was re-captured and his appearance changed, and his memories wiped. The big deadly secret is that Britain is running out of space, so is going to instigate a war with the Colony to take it over.

SWAT show up again. Quaid/Hauser and Melina try to escape but the building is surrounded. Harry, Quaid's old work buddy, shows up - and tries to convince Douglasthat it's all just a nasty Rekall trip. To get out he just needs to shoot Melina. Quaid decides against that and shoots Harry dead instead, then escapes through futuristic city streets - and a whole lot of office block elevator tunnels, with Lori hot on the chase.

Eventually when they lose her, Melina trusts Quaid enough to take him to see Matthias, leader of the resistance - and her father. They enter a tube train and are taken into an area damaged by chemical warfare. Quaid is a hero to the resistance - until suddenly Cohaagen and his troops show up having tracked Quaid. Cohaagan kills Matthias, and reveals that they had a deal - Quaid would voluntarily be a triple-agent, and the end part of the bargain was that his memories would be restored.

Like any good bad guy, Cohaagan is too busy to stick around so takes Melina with him as a hostage. Quaid doesn't like the idea and fights back, with the help of a SWAT team member - the guy from the phone call before. With everyone dead, Quaid races off to get to the transporter nicknamed 'The Fall' (or should be 'The Long Drop'!  No?)  that is taking an army of robots to the Colony.

On board he places a load of timebombs around the place, fights a few agents, and then recuses Melina. Cohaagan and Lori show up to fight the good guys. Just as it is about to arrive in the docking bay, the bombs explode. Quaid and Melina jump to safety, Cohaagan is left on top of 'the Fall' as it plummets back to the earth's core. Lori surely can't have gotten out alive, right?

Quaid is in the back of an ambulance and Melina is on hand to welcome him back - but he notices that she is missing the scar on the back of her hand. Without blinking he slams her against the side of the vehicle, breaking the hologram neck piece, and begins to wrestle with Lori, and finally kills her.

Quaid then meets up with Lori, notices that the ink stamp from before is not on his arm, which wouldn't be all the surprising, then there is a feeble Rekall poster in the background tedious link, but it's all very poorly done to make us think it was all just a dream.

 
Comments

Ok, so even though it doesn't really make any sense ... for instance:

Why didn't they get Quaid doing his stuff sooner, rather than waiting around for 6 weeks.
How can they drill a hole through the Earth's core ... and keep the Earth intact,
And ... how does Quaid suddenly have an Irish accent (!!)

It's not that bad - and a lot better than expected!!

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