Director: Len Wiseman
Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale
You know your a pretty influential science fiction writer when one of your short stories is made into a film, twice. Philip K. Dicks short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" has once again been used to inspire another film. The original Total Recall film was with Arnold Schwarzenegger back in 1992. Colin Farrell fills his shoes pretty good this time around.
Like many of Philip K. Dicks stories you get that hi-tech meets lo-tech kind of world. A Blade Runner feel to it (another one of his books) where it's always dark, raining and over populated (mainly Asians). Some sort of biological warfare has rendered Britain and Australia as the only places left to live. A mega elevator that goes through the Earths core links them both. Britain are the rich overlords and the Aussies are the cheap labour colonials. Not much has changed really. Douglas Quaid (Farrell) needs a holiday and visits "Total Rekall" where memories are implanted... no travel needed. Something goes wrong and he turns into Jason Bourne.. almost.
This didn't get much praise on first release, probably because it had to live up to the original, but I thought it was a pretty good version that brought together some great SCI-FI ideas and scenarios. The tech was well thought out, and it didn't take a big leap in imagination to realize it might one day be reality. The hand phone and magnetic cars, not to mention the idea of traveling through the Earth... "Is this going down"... Relatively.
I'd forgotten most of the 1992 film so went in fresh without bias and enjoyed it as is. After revisiting the original and if I had to pick, then Arnie's version wins out. Mainly because the ending on this didn't have such a big impact or twist as the original. Still the action is great and it would make a great "Total Rekall" memory even at wholesale prices. ROB
Total Recall (2012)
Reviewed by Roberto Di Donato on
. Review and Trailer of 2012 remake Total Recall Philip K. Dicks short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" has once again been used to inspire another film...