Total Recall has been a cult classic film for quite some time… I would venture to say “for generations” but that’s not the case. The original ‘Total Recall’ only came out in 1990, which begs the question as to why the powers that be felt the need to re-make it. The visual effects revolutions that have taken place between the 1933 “King Kong” movie and the the one released in 2005 are massive, but that’s not really an excuse in the way of “Total Recall”. However, before someone brings up the point that the Spiderman franchise didn’t even wait for a 6th grader to graduate high school before they re-booted Mr. Parker, lets just remember that there was nothing wrong with T.R. In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s version, the plot circles around a virtual vacation on Mars and the implications of things being too real in virtual reality, but you can read the official synopsis of the 2012 version below.
Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) 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. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.