What is real? What is it that makes “reality,” well, reality? Total Recall, a new action thriller from Columbia Pictures (Sony) directed by Len Wiseman, explores this question in vivid detail. What if it were possible to take a “mind trip” from reality, and experience a dream that can create real memories? In Total Recall, a company called Rekall specializes in making this happen. For factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), the possibility is just too enticing to ignore. Although Quaid has a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) that he loves, his “real life” is very frustrating, and the thought of taking a mind-trip that would leave him with memories of being a super-spy sounds like a perfect escape from reality.
His visit to Rekall was a great idea until the procedure went terribly wrong, and the line between dream and reality got completely blurred. Suddenly, Quaid is a hunted man on the run from the police. With the leader of the free world, Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), out to get him, Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) in an attempt to locate the leader of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and change the fate of the world. In the process, Quaid discovers his true identity, finds his true love, and learns his true fate.
Or does he? Based on the famous short story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” by Philip K. Dick, Total Recall is a mind-bender about reality and memory. As Quaid asks when confronted with the realization that what he is experiencing may – or may not – be real: “If I’m not me, then who the hell am I?”