“Total Recall” is a film I half-love and half-hate. Before the film makes it to Mars, it’s a wonderful mindfuck that constantly keeps you guessing. But once Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Douglas Quaid reaches the Red Planet, the film just goes crazy with three-titted women, Kuato, and “Hey Benny Screw You”. While the tonal shift makes sense as the story radically changes, I feel that all the theatrics on Mars are an attempt to keep the film visually interesting and titillating once removed from the fascinating reality-bending of the first half.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”, “Total Recall” is now getting the remake treatment and Kurt Wimmer, who has now found some stable success as a screenwriter more than a director with scripts like “Law Abiding Citizen” and “Salt”, will pen the new take which studio Original Films (yes, we’re all aware of the irony here) will only describe as a “contemporized adaptation”. So…four tits on the mutant lady?