Soundtrack Review: Total Recall (2012)

Soundtrack Review: Total Recall (2012)

Total Recall soundtrack review: This is a review of the film score Total Recall by Harry Gregson-Williams.

“You can’t fault the awesome action cues that are incredibly well produced and epic.”

Total Recall is the brand new remake of the old sci-fi classic by director Len Wiseman. There’s no Arnold this time, but there is Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel. Douglas Quaid is a factory worker who begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall, a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led. It all goes wrong when everyone he thought he knew isn’t who they are. The score is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams.

Track List

1. The Dream 80
2. The Fall 80
3. Colony 80
4. The Tripping Den 100
5. Rekall 100
6. Rooftop Chase 100
7. Hand Call 80
8. The Vault 80
9. Customs 100
10. Car Chase, Pt. 1 100
11. Car Chase, Pt. 2 100
12. The Key 80
13. The Scar on Your Hand 80
14. Elevator Chase 80
15. Train to Matthias 60
16. Saving Melina 60
17. Gravity Reversing 80
18. Up Top Fight 100
19. The Fall Collapses 80
20. It’s Hard to Believe, Isn’t It? 80

So this is the score everyone is supposed to hate? It is a remake of a great film and it included a great score by Jerry Goldsmith. Harry is certainly no Jerry, and he hasn’t attempted to lift Jerry’s themes from the original, not even in the title cue ‘The Dream’ which is my favorite from the Goldsmith album. This is a totally new beast and to help him is the group Hybrid which some of you might have heard of. I am a big fan of Hybrid as an independent group and I was definitely looking forward hearing their influence on this score.

Total Recall felt a bit generic, but only at first. This is a score you have to listen to a few times to get familiar with. It has gotten the Hybrid makeover and it really shows, specially in cues like ‘The Tripping Den’ and I don’t know about you, but I think it sounds cool. It adds a whole new layer of awesome. I didn’t enjoy their first collaboration “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, but it definitely worked well with “Unstoppable” and then not so well with “Cowboys & Aliens”. With Total Recall I think they have found the sweet spot. The action cues particularly sounds so well produced it is hard to fault them. Gregson-Williams fans, don’t worry, he still includes his trademark electronica sound with these small interruptions that sounds like some electrical error like in the beginning of the cue ‘The Scar On Your Hand’.


Haters gonna hate. This score is truly awesome if you give it a chance. You can’t fault the awesome action cues that are incredibly well produced and epic. If you are one of those who will never give this a chance, then so be it. I love both Jerry Goldsmith’s version and Harry Gregson-Williams & Hybrid’s version. A fine addition to this year’s action scores.


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Soundtrack Review: Total Recall (2012), 8.1 out of 10 based on 31 ratings


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