TOTAL RECALL Director Speaks On The Movie's Official Running Time And His Director’s Cut

In a new chat with Collider during this year Comic-Con, director Len Wiseman revealed the official running time for Total Recall, how long his director's cut will be and more.

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By Lucas Mendonça - 7/25/2012

Len Wiseman's Total Recall is hitting theaters next week, and everybody must be wondering how long the movie will turn out to be. In this new interview with Collider, the director reveals that the running time of the film is about 1 hour and 49 minutes long, also that the Blu-Ray will have a director's cut version which includes 17 minutes of additional footage and more. Watch the video, and check the highlights from the interview below:



The type of scenes his director's cut will focus on:


“There are scenes where it really comes into question about questioning his whole reality: I love that game, that’s why I did this movie. So there’s a lot more of that, so it often can feel like, ‘Is it repeating?’ I personally don’t feel like it is, I feel like it’s really diving in and really just chewing on it for a while, so I’m fascinated by that.”


Reveals that his original cut for the movie was about 2 hours and 20 minutes:


“To be completely honest, I’m into as many layers as you could possibly put in so there’s more complexity within a first director’s pass, and that’s what causes the 2 hours and 20 minutes. I just finished my director’s cut as well, which Sony was very cool about, ‘cause it’s no cheap thing to put together either so they really have to support it. That’s closer to the 2 hours and 20 minutes that I originally had.”


Discusses the differences between a director’s cut and an extended cut:


“This is more of a director’s cut, this is closer to my original cut. I’m not saying anything that’s unknown, but movies are always cut down and there’s a lot of complexity within the film that is not always widely accepted by the general audience, which is just a reality; a movie of a certain size, they don’t want people to be too—it’s a balance of how deep to keep going with these ideas.”


Wiseman on how different a director’s cut version of a movie is from the theatrical cut:


“Whenever you see a director’s cut, how many times do you see a director’s cut and it’s like, ‘All the action put back in!’ Doesn’t happen. It’s always from a director’s point of view, from a storyteller—usually—of all the scenes that you wanted to continue, to just expand on them a little bit more. I’m fascinated by the dilemma of the fantasy vs. reality and the kind of chess game that is played. There are scenes where it really comes into question about questioning his whole reality: I love that game, that’s why I did this movie. So there’s a lot more of that, so it often can feel like, ‘Is it repeating?’ I personally don’t feel like it is, I feel like it’s really diving in and really just chewing on it for a while, so I’m fascinated by that.”




Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.



Studio: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: August 3rd, 2012
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston and Bokeem Woodbine
Director: Len Wiseman





Source: Collider
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l0rdleg0las - 7/25/2012, 9:48 PM
They did a pg13 version. Not going to bother with this cause a neutered Total Recall will suck
BLACKTHORN - 7/25/2012, 10:08 PM
pathetic, couldn't expect less from this shit director.
this film shouldn't exist.
Mrcool210 - 7/25/2012, 10:37 PM
so they cut out the scenes that would have made it interesting? [frick] sony
jj2112 - 7/26/2012, 12:38 AM
Martin Sheen was in Underworld? He has aged badly since he played that Lycan...
AlexDeLarge87 - 7/26/2012, 1:35 AM
earzmundo@ Michael Sheen.
Nomis1800 - 7/26/2012, 4:38 AM
I really want to see this in IMAX! What occurs me, though, is that he thinks that the general audience can't get past by a bit more intellectual high story. Look at Inception, that film grossed $800 million worldwide eh?!

Introduce a little more intelligence.
VinzClortho - 7/26/2012, 5:54 AM
@Owlman... Umm, yes you can.
sameoldthing - 7/26/2012, 8:44 AM
Best thing Len Wiseman ever did or will ever do is convince Kate Beckensale to marry him..the guy wins right there.
DukeAcureds - 7/26/2012, 10:01 AM
Wait, he's talking about a Director's Cut before the movie is actually released? So, he's not happy with the one they are going to put out in cinemas?
[frick] it, I'll wait until it's finished.

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