Last weekend I went to see the new Total Recall. It had been awhile since I saw the 1990 version and I made a point of not watching it right before seeing the new film so I would be less tempted to compare the two. So much for that idea. I came home from the theater and immediately popped the 1990 film into my Blu-Ray player and stayed up another two hours so I could compare the films and take notes.
What did I find? Although there are a significant number of similarities and parallels between the two films, there are enough differences that I don’t really consider the 2012 film to truly be a remake. I love the camp, bad acting, humor and ridiculousness of the 1990 film. It’s the bulging eyes, mutants and cheesy dialogue that make it such a cult hit. The 2012 film is missing all of the camp and humor found in its predecessor, but it compensates for what’s missing with some pretty spectacular special effects and a slightly improved plot.
I did not have high hopes for Total Recall (2012), but I enjoyed the film far more than I anticipated. Overall, I like both, but for very different reasons. Check out the video below for some of the comparisons and to find out why I will always slightly prefer one film over the other. See you at the party, Richter!