First remake: Ineffective.
The plot and characters of this film seem too thick to be handled by Len Wiseman; they "explode" and leave us with dilated, shallow left-overs (excessive number of empty action sequences, little depth to the plot and characters). And the pacing is a bit too fast (and too slow!) to do a movie like "Total Recall" justice; this isn't "Underworld." It just doesn't work to mix Len Wiseman's previous pure-entertainment-oriented, action-thrillers with a deep story that is meant to focus primarily on exploring the concept of dual realities as well as its characters' behaviors under such circumstances.
Director Verhoeven's 1990 version does a much better job in blending together the action, the philosophy, the characters, and the plot, forming a much more balanced piece of work. ‚??Total Recall‚?? (1990) succeeds in adequately cross-examining the presumed perceptions of reality while, at the same time, provides the audience with plenty of entertainment--important attributes that its "successor" is too lazy to realize.
In short, "Total Recall" (2012) fails to properly respect its quintessential elements, and falls short of delivering the whole package. It had a lot of potential in cultivating many of its constituents to fruition, especially its plot and characters, but denied them the opportunity to mature and shine.