August 6, 2012 Leave a comment
You will not find a bigger fan of the 1990 version of Total Recall than me. Nary a chance goes by me to use the “See you at the party, Richter!” line for appropriate and inappropriate occasions. I love the rough, over-the-top violent nature of Paul Verhoeven film where the boundaries of R-rated violence gets pushed to the bring. I love seeing Arnold and his thick Austrian accent shout out his lines and make silly, guttural noises as he shoots an untold amount of people. I love the absurdity of the characters from the titular (ha) three boobed hooker, mutant baby thing Kuato and eye-bulging atmosphere of Mars.
So like any good thing, Hollywood can’t let it be. The recent “remake” to come out of Hollywood basically takes only the name, characters and three-boobed hooker and decides to turn down the volume on the ultra-violent, futuristic action film of 1990 to that of a PG-13 CGI fest starring really pretty people.