Total Recall circa 2012 was a real stinker. And believe me, I want to use terminology that may some call uncouth or downright rude, but I am a gentleman, so a real stinker she shall be. Paul Verhoeven, the director of the 1990 version, which wasn’t a stinker, has pretty much echoed the same sentiment. When asked about the new version, Verhoeven played the polite card. But I imagine he probably wanted to say the Total Recall circa 2012 was a real f***ing piece of dog sh**.
But let’s find out what he really said shall we?
It all went down at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles. Verhoeven was attending a screening of his version of Total Recall when the opportunity arose to talk about the newest film starring Colin Farrell. You see the producers of version 2012 called the original “cheesy” and Farrell called it “kitschy”.
Verhoeven responded with this:
"Arnold being there made the movie a little light, and I think that’s very important for these Philip Dick stories," he said. "I think if it would have been done in a straight way, I’m not so sure that it would have worked – at least, not at that time. And recently [in the Total Recall remake], it did not. I get to say that because the producer of the new one said that this was cheesy or something. And Colin Farrell called it in an interview ‘kitschy.’ So I dare to say that his version was not good."
Not the most radical awe inspiring comment ever made but he has a point. Total Recall 2012 was one of the worst of the summer (and maybe the year) because the movie had no life. It had no suspense or mystery to it. It had no interest in telling a story or casting the right actors. I love Colin Farrell but he was the wrong choice for the movie. Jessical Biel and Kate Beckinsale...wrong choices for the the movie. Len Wiseman…the guy should maybe just direct commercials; feature films are not his strong suit.
Total Recall 1990 rules, Total Recall 2012 drools. And that’s all I have to say about that.