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Family Movie Review: Total Recall (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 118 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. Lots and lots of cursing (numerous s-words, a few d-words, one f-word); some kissing between a married couple in their underwear; many gunfights and hand-to-hand combat scenes where people die, but not much blood is shed; and a topless woman with three breasts, which you see for about one second before they’re never shown again. Teenage boys will be most interested in this film, and there’s nothing too egregious except for that toplessness, which is played more for gimmick than sexuality.

Did we need a remake of ‘Total Recall,’ which back in 1990 starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, further developed the concept of virtual reality, and explored the notion of life on Mars? Nope, we didn’t. And it’s unfortunate that this new ‘Total Recall,’ even with fancy effects and lengthy action scenes, can’t compare with what Arnold did more than 20 years ago.

By Roxana Hadadi

I recall a time when “Total Recall” was a good movie. Ha! I do love wordplay, I must admit. But there is little to love about this new “Total Recall,” which strips all the dystopian themes of Philip K. Dick’s original story—the pondering about identity, commodification, and consumerism—and instead gives us a bunch of lengthy action scenes that ultimately don’t pack much impact.

Do Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel throw around punches like nobody’s business? Sure. But that doesn’t mean the film emotionally connects.

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