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Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife 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 as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, surveillance, deception, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment, elevator, hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Period:future
Story:factory worker, resistance fighter, flash grenade, factory, robot soldier, female assassin, grand piano, female spy, killer robot, piano playing, elevator shaft, one man army, remake of cult film, remake of american film, police shootout, train explosion, knife fight, facial reconstruction, three breasted woman, reference to ian fleming

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, elevator
Period:future
Story:female assassin, one man army, police shootout, corrupt official, taser, desert eagle, jumping through a window, ex soldier, jumping from height, police chase, swat team, catfight, stylized violence, shot in the arm, opening action scene, tough girl, news report, no opening credits, anti hero, security guard

Machete Kills (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:female assassin, female spy, one man army, knife fight, reluctant hero, world domination, megalomaniac, gatling gun, government agent, undercover agent, jumping through a window, hologram, jumping from height, swat team, stabbed in the stomach, catfight, stylized violence, secret agent, shot in the arm, severed arm

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, surveillance, deception, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, bar
Story:female spy, knife fight, surviving, big ben london, zero gravity, lasso, fight the system, world domination, megalomaniac, desert eagle, torso cut in half, media coverage, gatling gun, undercover agent, hologram, ex soldier, phone booth, villainess, stylized violence, secret agent

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:apartment, elevator, bar
Story:female assassin, female spy, one man army, zero gravity, big ben london, fight the system, abandoned building, government agent, lasersight, bulletproof vest, undercover agent, jumping through a window, ex soldier, action heroine, jumping from height, swat team, villainess, stylized violence, grenade, secret agent

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. This is why G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, torture, betrayal
Story:knife fight, surviving, big ben london, world domination, megalomaniac, media coverage, gatling gun, lens flare, bulletproof vest, ex soldier, action heroine, jumping from height, self mutilation, stylized violence, grenade, shot in the arm, exploding body, injection, opening action scene, tough girl

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:female assassin, female spy, knife fight, zero gravity, double agent, stabbed in the hand, abandoned building, reference to barack obama, undercover agent, villainess, catfight, stylized violence, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, opening action scene, tough girl, shot in the forehead, double cross, tied to a chair, mixed martial arts

Hardcore Henry (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, surveillance, deception, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, elevator, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:one man army, army, police shootout, world domination, megalomaniac, stabbed in the hand, abandoned building, taser, gatling gun, bulletproof vest, jumping through a window, artificial intelligence, jumping from height, police chase, villainess, self mutilation, stylized violence, shot in the arm, character says i love you, severed arm

American Ultra (2015) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:elevator, hotel
Story:female assassin, female spy, one man army, police shootout, repressed memory, woman punches a man, fight the system, reluctant hero, stabbed in the hand, taser, lasersight, undercover agent, jumping through a window, gas mask, swat team, stylized violence, secret agent, shot in the arm, character says i love you, manipulation

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar
Story:female assassin, one man army, knife fight, stabbed in the hand, bulletproof vest, self mutilation, stylized violence, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, opening action scene, tough girl, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run, double cross, no opening credits, anti hero, subway

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. This is why Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, elevator, hotel, bar
Story:resistance fighter, female assassin, female spy, police shootout, knife fight, man punches a woman, woman punches a man, double agent, film starts with text, undercover agent, resistance, action heroine, strong female lead, jumping from height, phone booth, police chase, stylized violence, secret agent, manipulation, scar

Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, hotel, bar
Story:piano playing, police shootout, desert eagle, lasersight, bulletproof vest, jumping through a window, murder of a police officer, jumping from height, police chase, swat team, shot in the shoulder, scar, bank, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, double cross, no opening credits, security guard, subway, disguise

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Story:female assassin, female spy, one man army, implanted memory, big ben london, megalomaniac, taser, government agent, undercover agent, police chase, swat team, secret agent, shot in the shoulder, injection, scar, opening action scene, fugitive, shot in the forehead, on the run, news report

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, hotel
Story:one man army, army, assassin, knife fight, megacorporation, shot in the hand, lasersight, jumping through a window, action heroine, stylized violence, secret agent, shot in the arm, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, injection, opening action scene, tough girl, fugitive, factory, shot in the forehead

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:one man army, totalitarianism, fight the system, abandoned building, lasersight, bulletproof vest, hologram, cyberpunk, gas mask, action heroine, strong female lead, strong female character, character says i love you, dystopia, injection, manipulation, scar, tough girl, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. This is why Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, escape, torture
Locations:elevator
Story:female assassin, villain not really dead cliche, megacorporation, desert eagle, bulletproof vest, hologram, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, resistance, gas mask, action heroine, catfight, stylized violence, shot in the arm, character says i love you, dystopia, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, injection, tough girl

Red 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red 2 (2013)

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:hotel, bar
Story:female assassin, female spy, safe deposit box, shot in the hand, reluctant hero, taser, gatling gun, undercover agent, action heroine, swat team, stylized violence, grenade, secret agent, shot in the arm, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, injection, tough girl, fugitive, on the run

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, elevator, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:one man army, police shootout, man punches a woman, woman punches a man, taser, action heroine, jumping from height, police chase, stylized violence, grenade, manipulation, opening action scene, tough girl, bank, fugitive, shot in the forehead, on the run, news report, double cross, no opening credits

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape
Locations:apartment, elevator, hotel
Period:future
Story:female spy, police shootout, implanted memory, false memory, abandoned building, torso cut in half, gatling gun, government agent, hologram, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, action heroine, jumping from height, police chase, swat team, grenade, secret agent, severed arm, dystopia, manipulation

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:apartment, bar
Characters:prostitute
Period:future
Story:resistance fighter, implanted memory, man punches a woman, flying car, woman punches a man, megacorporation, fight the system, film starts with text, hologram, ex soldier, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, resistance, shot in the arm, character says i love you, dystopia, exploding body, opening action scene, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. This is why Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012). (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:futuristic train, megacorporation, shot in the hand, megalomaniac, desert eagle, government agent, jumping through a window, hologram, ex soldier, cyberpunk, gas mask, action heroine, railway station, jumping from height, swat team, stylized violence, grenade, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, opening action scene

Ghost In The Shell (2017)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:apartment, bar
Period:future
Story:female spy, killer robot, false memory, repressed memory, woman punches a man, megacorporation, fight the system, taser, gatling gun, government agent, lasersight, bulletproof vest, jumping through a window, hologram, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, action heroine, strong female lead, jumping from height, stylized violence

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, elevator, hotel, bar
Story:female spy, one man army, knife fight, man punches a woman, government agent, undercover agent, jumping through a window, hologram, gas mask, action heroine, secret agent, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, scar, opening action scene, tough girl, bank, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, news report

Killer Elite (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

Loosely based on a true story, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds' most elite operatives - Danny, a ruthless killer-for-hire ('Jason Statham' (qv)) and Hunter, his longtime mentor ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) - against the cunning leader of a secret society of former Special Air Service operatives('Clive Owen'). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of revenge and deception - where things are not always what they appear to be. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:hotel
Story:one man army, reluctant hero, film starts with text, stabbed in the hand, desert eagle, government agent, lens flare, jumping through a window, ex soldier, secret agent, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, tied to a chair, subway, disguise, assassin, foot chase, spy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Characters:prostitute
Story:resistance fighter, female spy, one man army, totalitarianism, fight the system, film starts with text, reluctant hero, oppression, resistance, jumping from height, rebellion, stylized violence, shot in the arm, severed arm, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, scar, opening action scene, fugitive

Rogue One (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Rogue One (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. This is why Rogue One (2016) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:resistance fighter, rebellion, female spy, totalitarianism, fight the system, film starts with text, world domination, megalomaniac, undercover agent, hologram, artificial intelligence, resistance, gas mask, action heroine, strong female lead, jumping from height, stylized violence, grenade, strong female character, secret agent

Ride Along (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way.

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Story:police shootout, desert eagle, lens flare, lasersight, jumping through a window, police chase, grenade, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, opening action scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, double cross, anti hero, security guard, tied to a chair, ambulance, foot chase, shot in the back, interrogation

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape
Locations:hotel, bar
Story:one man army, knife fight, desert eagle, lasersight, ex soldier, jumping from height, police chase, swat team, grenade, secret agent, injection, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, news report, double cross, anti hero, tied to a chair, ambulance, disguise

Grimsby (2016) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Grimsby (2016)

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal
Locations:hotel, bar
Story:one man army, megalomaniac, abandoned building, taser, desert eagle, lasersight, bulletproof vest, undercover agent, jumping through a window, jumping from height, police chase, swat team, villainess, stylized violence, secret agent, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, injection, opening action scene, fugitive

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:bar
Story:resistance fighter, remake of american film, reference to barack obama, gatling gun, lens flare, jumping through a window, resistance, murder of a police officer, action heroine, grenade, character says i love you, exploding body, tough girl, news report, double cross, anti hero, mixed martial arts, army, disguise, shot in the back

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
Action, Thriller

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. This is why A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:elevator, hotel
Story:one man army, police shootout, corrupt official, media coverage, gatling gun, lasersight, lens flare, bulletproof vest, undercover agent, jumping through a window, gas mask, jumping from height, shot in the arm, character says i love you, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, news report

Terminator Genisys (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Terminator Genisys (2015)

When John Connor ('Jason Clarke (I)' (qv)), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese ('Jai Courtney' (qv)) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor ('Emilia Clarke' (qv)) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured time-line. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian ('Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future... (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal
Period:future
Story:resistance fighter, killer robot, one man army, megacorporation, fight the system, shot in the hand, abandoned building, taser, desert eagle, government agent, lens flare, jumping through a window, hologram, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, resistance, murder of a police officer, gas mask, action heroine, shot in the arm

The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal, deception, escape
Locations:hotel, bar
Story:one man army, woman punches a man, taser, desert eagle, gatling gun, government agent, bulletproof vest, ex soldier, action heroine, jumping from height, police chase, swat team, villainess, grenade, secret agent, manipulation, scar, opening action scene, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue

3 Days To Kill (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

3 Days To Kill (2014)

Dying of brain cancer, a dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger; but first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunt down the world's most ruthless terrorist and look after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture
Locations:apartment, elevator, hotel, bar
Story:female assassin, female spy, one man army, spy, lens flare, bulletproof vest, undercover agent, gas mask, secret agent, character says i love you, injection, tough girl, shot in the forehead, anti hero, subway, mixed martial arts, disguise, assassin, foot chase, shot in the back

Total Recall (1990)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (1990)

Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Period:future
Story:false memory, one man army, police shootout, three breasted woman, total recall, futuristic train, implanted memory, safe deposit box, megacorporation, husband murders wife, oppression, jumping through a window, hologram, cyberpunk, resistance, rebellion, villainess, catfight, secret agent, shot in the arm

Underworld Awakening (2012)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Underworld Awakening (2012)

Mankind discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan species and they begin a war to annihilate the races. When Selene meets with Michael in the harbor, they are hit by a grenade and Selene passes out. Twelve years later, Selene awakes from a cryogenic sleep in the Antigen laboratory and meets the Vampire David. She learns that she had been the subject of the scientist Dr. Jacob Lane and the Vampire and Lycan species have been practically eradicated from Earth. But Selene is still connected to Michael and has visions that she believes that belongs to Michael's sight. However she has a surprise and finds that she has a powerful daughter named Eve that has been raised in the laboratory. Now Selene and David have to protect Eve against the Lycans that intend to use her to inoculate their species against silver. This is why Underworld Awakening (2012) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, escape
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:flash grenade, elevator shaft, megacorporation, desert eagle, torso cut in half, jumping through a window, cyberpunk, action heroine, jumping from height, self mutilation, grenade, shot in the arm, severed arm, dystopia, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, injection, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead

Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:female assassin, knife fight, falling through a rooftop window, man punches a woman, body armor, reluctant hero, stabbed in the hand, taser, desert eagle, media coverage, lens flare, bulletproof vest, murder of a police officer, gas mask, action heroine, strong female lead, catfight, stylized violence, strong female character, severed arm

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hotel, bar
Period:future
Story:one man army, megacorporation, fight the system, shot in the hand, reluctant hero, abandoned building, torso cut in half, gatling gun, lens flare, bulletproof vest, cyberpunk, swat team, self mutilation, stylized violence, shot in the arm, severed arm, dystopia, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, injection

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, hotel, bar
Story:one man army, police shootout, stun gun, shot in the hand, taser, political corruption, murder of a police officer, phone booth, swat team, stylized violence, shot in the arm, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, scar, manipulation, opening action scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, double cross, anti hero

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal
Story:one man army, zero gravity, big ben london, film starts with text, world domination, megalomaniac, taser, media coverage, bulletproof vest, villainess, self mutilation, grenade, injection, scar, manipulation, opening action scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, double cross, no opening credits

Ngo Si Seoi (1998) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. This is why Ngo Si Seoi (1998) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012). (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:hotel
Story:female spy, one man army, reluctant hero, undercover agent, jumping from height, police chase, stylized violence, secret agent, opening action scene, tough girl, fugitive, on the run, double cross, mixed martial arts, assassin, foot chase, spy, interrogation, car crash, hand to hand combat

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, deception, drunkenness, torture, betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Locations:apartment, hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:female assassin, one man army, falling through a rooftop window, lasso, corrupt official, abandoned building, jumping through a window, murder of a police officer, railway station, jumping from height, police chase, self mutilation, stylized violence, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, scar, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, double cross

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, elevator, hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:police shootout, man punches a woman, desert eagle, bulletproof vest, stylized violence, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, injection, scar, opening action scene, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, double cross, anti hero, ambulance, shot in the back, interrogation, car crash, car chase

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, hotel
Characters:prostitute
Story:one man army, knife fight, woman punches a man, abandoned building, taser, bulletproof vest, ex soldier, action heroine, jumping from height, exploding body, scar, tough girl, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, double cross, anti hero, security guard, tied to a chair, mixed martial arts

Seeking Justice (2011) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:apartment, elevator, bar
Period:future
Story:abandoned building, lens flare, police chase, shot in the arm, character says i love you, shot in the shoulder, manipulation, opening action scene, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run, news report, double cross, anti hero, security guard, disguise, assassin, foot chase, shot in the back

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city. This is why The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:apartment, elevator, bar
Story:grand piano, one man army, police shootout, fight the system, reluctant hero, media coverage, gatling gun, lens flare, bulletproof vest, jumping through a window, murder of a police officer, gas mask, action heroine, jumping from height, police chase, swat team, villainess, stylized violence, exploding body, injection

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

CIA chief Hunley (Baldwin) convinces a Senate committee to disband the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), of which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is a key member. Hunley argues that the IMF is too reckless. Now on his own, Hunt goes after a shadowy and deadly rogue organization called the Syndicate.

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:hotel
Story:chancellor, female spy, one man army, knife fight, double agent, taser, lasersight, undercover agent, jumping through a window, action heroine, phone booth, strong female character, secret agent, shot in the arm, manipulation, opening action scene, tough girl, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Story:resistance fighter, megacorporation, fight the system, world domination, megalomaniac, abandoned building, desert eagle, torso cut in half, gatling gun, hologram, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, resistance, action heroine, strong female lead, jumping from height, stylized violence, shot in the arm, severed arm, dystopia

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Characters:prostitute
Period:future
Story:robot soldier, female spy, zero gravity, woman punches a man, fight the system, gatling gun, government agent, undercover agent, jumping through a window, hologram, artificial intelligence, action heroine, stylized violence, strong female character, secret agent, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, scar, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue

Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:one man army, police shootout, lasersight, jumping through a window, ex soldier, murder of a police officer, stylized violence, shot in the shoulder, opening action scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, anti hero, tied to a chair, mixed martial arts, assassin, shot in the back, interrogation, hand to hand combat, bomb, held at gunpoint

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