If I remember correctly, the general response to news of a Total Recall remake was simply: why? Remakes, reboots and re-imaginings are all the rage these days, so therein lies the answer. Even the original was based on established material. First came Phillip K. Dick’s short story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. Then we got the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle that dealt with that whole Mars story. Which leads us to the new version, starring Colin Farrell that came out last weekend. Obviously there will be comparisons made because anything that is based on previously established material is prime fodder for comparisons and criticisms. But I can’t really compare this newer version to the others that came before it. I have never read the short story, and to be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve seen the 1990 Paul Verhoeven version, that all I can remember aside from Mars, is the bulging-eye part. I went into this film blind to its predecessors, which to me, is an advantage. So the question is, was it actually any good?
(Beware….minor spoilers ahead…..)