Total Recall (2012)
Total Recall Release Date
August 3, 2012
Total Recall SynopsisTotal 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.
Total Recall Credits
Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, Jessica Biel, and John Cho
Written by: Mark Bomback and Kurt Wimmer
Directed by: Len Wiseman
Produced by: Toby Jaffe and Neal H. Moritz
MPAA Rating: [ PG-13 ]
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: August 3, 2012
External Info: Total Recall Official Website
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Jessica Biel Offered One Of The Two Female Leads In Total Recall Remake
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