Total Recall 2070 is a stunning futuristic thriller about a world so high-tech, man is the only flaw! In the year 2070, the planet Earth is ruled by a single government entity and a conglomeration of corporations that hold absolute power. The crime rate is virtually nonexistent and the Citizen's Protection Bureau defends the innocent from unchecked sociotechnological forces. But when the Bureau partner of Agent David Hume (Michael Easton -- TV's Ally McBeal and The Practice) is dramatically gunned down, Hume's determination to uncover the dangerous truth behind this shocking crime leads him on a pulse-pounding race through the galaxy!
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Total Recall is a 2012 American dystopian science-fiction action film directed by Len Wiseman. The screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback was based on the 1990 film of the same name, which was inspired by the 1966 short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. The film stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine, John Cho, and Bill Nighy. Unlike the first film, the setting is on a dystopian Earth, not Mars, and has more political themes. The film blends American and Asian influences, notably in the settings and dominant populations of the two nation-states in the story: the United Federation of Britain (Western Europe) and the Colony (Australia). The film was first announced in 2009 and was released in North America on August 3, 2012, grossing over $198 million worldwide. The film received generally mixed reviews from critics. It received praise for its action sequences and acting but the film's lack of humor, emotional subtlety, and character development drew some criticism.
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The film has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. It has a 30% “rotten” rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes based on 217 reviews, with the consensus stating: “While it boasts some impressive action sequences, Total Recall lacks the intricate plotting, dry humor and fleshed out characters that made the original a sci-fi classic.” At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 43, based on 41 reviews, which indicates “mixed or average reviews”. Critics cited Total Recall's action sequences as “visually impressive”. The film earned a Razzie Award nomination for Biel as Worst Supporting Actress. Joe Williams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave the film a positive review, stating: “The richly constructed first hour is so superior to any feat of sci-fi speculation since Minority Report that the bland aftertaste of the chase finale is quickly forgotten.” Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four; praising its details, he stated: “Total Recall is well-crafted, high energy sci-fi. Like all stories inspired by Philip K. Dick, it deals with intriguing ideas. It never touched me emotionally, though, the way the 1990 film did, and strictly speaking, isn't necessary.” Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune also gave the film a positive review, stating that “the movie marches in predictable formations as well. But when Biel's rebel pulls over in her hover car and asks Farrell if he'd like a ride, your heart may sing as mine did.” Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a mixed review, saying that “the outcome is engaging enough, although not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking both substance and a degree of imagination.” Amy Biancolli of the San Francisco Chronicle also gave the film a mixed review, stating: “For all of its dazzlingly rendered cityscapes and nonstop action, this revamped Total Recall is a bland thing—bloodless, airless, humorless, featureless. With or without the triple-bosomed prostitute.” Jen Chaney of The Washington Post gave the film two-stars-out-of-four, saying: “So what makes this 2012 Total Recall superior to the Arnie model? For starters, there's an actual actor in the starring role.... Still, this Recall has more than its share of flaws.” Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a “C”, stating that “this one is somberly kinetic and joyless.” Justin Chang of Variety gave the film a mixed review: “Crazy new gadgets, vigorous action sequences and a thorough production-design makeover aren't enough to keep Total Recall from feeling like a near-total redundancy.” Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film a negative review, stating: “As for a villain, you could do worse than Bryan Cranston as the evil political overlord who is trying to stamp out the resistance... But... When he goes mano a mano with Farrell, it's not spine-tingling. It's embarrassing, like watching a dude beat up his dad.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone also gave the film a negative review, stating that “since the new Recall is totally witless, don't expect laughs. Originality and coherence are also notably MIA.”
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