Andrew's Review of Total Recall
I am fairly sure tha this movie was judged a bit harshly because its predacessor from Paul Verhoeven was so highly acclaimed. Here Len Wiseman dared to remake this great film (or should I say short story "We Can Remember it for you Wholesale" by Philip K Dick) and Len elected to of course add some sci-fi bling bling to it that was fairly well done.
To be fair, I don't think it is fair to compare this work to that of Paul Verhoeven - who now in light of this and the coming Robocop will look prodigious compared to the people reimagining the works of Philip Dick. But, in hindsight, I would say that this film was remarkable in the special effects department and it was remarkable in the action department.
What is lacking? Story elements is my first answer. How did Melina quickly find Quaid on the highway after "looking everywhere" for him? How were the antagonists able to maintain pursuit after it seemed like Quaid had lost them?
And what was it again that Quaid remembered in the end that was a startling revelation that brought resolution to this picture about rememberance?
It would have been nice also to have seen a bit more intellectual material instead of wall to wall action....
I still give this a passing grade because in my perspective, had I seen this and it was not a remake I would not have judged it so harshly or had expectations.