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Total Recall

Bored with his life, Douglas Quaid (Colin Ferrell) decides to take a chemically induced virtual vacation. But before the serum is even injected, a surprise attack unexpectedly invokes the fighting reflexes of a super spy. Even though he cannot remember where he learned such deadly skills, he still finds himself on the run while trying to sort out reality from fantasy. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 118
Theater Release: 02 Aug 2012
Video Release: 17 Dec 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why is it difficult for the characters to distinguish between memories of things that really happened and implanted ones? Why does that make it difficult for them to know whom to trust? Would you want to have anything chemically inserted in your mind? If so, what would it be?

How does the movie mix current day technology with futuristic concepts? What elements of sci-fi do the directors employ in this story?

This movie is based on the story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick. The tale was brought to the big screen previously in the 1990 sci-fi, also titled Total Recall.

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