The remake of Total Recall — which features Colin Farrell as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kate Beckinsale as Sharon Stone, Jessica Biel as Rachel Ticotin and Bryan Cranston as "Cohaagen give these people some air!" — opens a week from today. The original Total Recall came out in 1990, right on the edge of the end of the cheesy, fun, low-budget '80s action movie era and the beginning of the big-budget, special-effects laden '90s Terminator 2/Jurassic Park era.
I remember Total Recall somewhat fondly, as one of the transitional Schwarzenegger films, taking him from the Commando world into a more mainstream one that would ultimately end up with him in Junior. So I rewatched the movie this week, and I was a bit taken aback by just how poorly it holds up. The years have been far kinder to older movies like Predator and The Running Man.