I had low expectations for the remake of
The movies are based on the great Philip K. Dick's 1966 short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." Dick was asci-fi master, and his works have been adpated for many other movies, including "Minority Report," "King of the Elves" and
The original, 1990 "Total Recall," which starred
-- Tribune newspapers: "Total Recall" may depend on memory implants and ominous surveillance techniques to imperil our hero, played by
-- Roger Ebert: The two biggest differences between this new "Total Recall" and the 1990 original are that no scenes are set on Mars, and it stars Colin Farrell instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mars we can do without, I suppose, although I loved the special effects creating the human outpost there. ... But Schwarzenegger, now, is another matter. ... "Total Recall" is well-crafted, high energy sci-fi. Like all stories inspired by Philip K. Dick, it deals with intriguing ideas. It never touched me emotionally, though, the way the 1990 film did, and strictly speaking, isn't necessary.