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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Colin Farrell
Kate Beckinsale
Jessica Biel
Ethan Hawke
Bill Nighy
Bryan Cranston
Directors
Len Wiseman
Screenwriters
Kurt Wimmer
Mark Bomback
Running Time
118 minutes

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Plot
Factory worker Doug Quaid (Farrell) has recurring dreams of being a spy and a rebel. His wife, Lori (Beckinsale), is sympathetic but helpless, so he goes to a company called Rekall to have memories implanted that will allow him to live his dream. Only it turns out not to be a fantasy, after all...


Verdict
Perhaps no more absurd than the Verhoeven version, but certainly less amusing. Farrell and Beckinsale emerge unscathed, but the endless scrabbling for novelty and reinvention leaves this feeling unaccountably stale and familiar.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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