St. Pierre's Review: I'm partial to this movie only because I generally enjoy futuristic movies. I'm fascinated by how directors envision what our future will look like. Let's put that aside. You can't exactly call this a remake of the original Total Recall staring Arnold back in 1990 because it's completely different. Well, not completely, but pretty darn close. This version is much more closely based on the short story by Philip K Dick called "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." I suppose this is a fun summer action movie with halfway decent acting. There's a really cool car chase scene that had me hooked. Overall, it's ok, but it's not necessary. Nothing I'd say you needed to rush out to the theater to see.
Major differences between Total Recall 2012 and 1990.
-The 1990 version involves a trip to Mars. This 2012 edition has citizens traveling from "The Colony," which is Australia, to the United Federation of Britain.
-Instead of traveling to Mars, Colony residents travel to work in the UFB through "The Fall," which is a tunnel straight through the center of the earth.
-In 1990, Arnold was fighting to get air for the rebels on Mars. In 2012, Colin Farrell is fighting to stop an army of robot cops from destroying the Colony.