When Colin Farrell was attached to Len Wiseman's remake of “Total Recall,” the cult classic originally starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, fans were thrilled: after all, he'd done such an awesome job in “Fright Night.” However, they could have done without this more recent release.
In a lengthy piece, Slash Film
argues that Wiseman's take on the original brings nothing new to the table, while playing source material for a safe bet and wasting lots of potential in the process.
It wasn't bad, but it wasn't outstanding (or necessary) either.
For that alone, it deserves the title of “least essential film of the summer” of 2012.
“I had nothing whatsoever to say about Total Recall, because it may be the most heartbreakingly safe movie I’ve seen this year. Put another way, I hate Total Recall precisely because there’s nothing to hate about it,” Slash Film says.
We're yet to catch this new version of the film but, indeed, both critics and fans are basically saying the same: where was the need for this remake if it brought nothing new to the table?
If you've seen “Total Recall” and especially if you don't agree with the above, let us know in the comments section below.