The 1966 short story by the visionary dystopian Philip K. Dick, confronts Earth, which has been devastated by chemical warfare, leaving only two populated areas connected by a tunnel through the planet’s core. Like George Orwell's celebrated novel, 1984, this premise contains the seeds of an interesting political and economic allegory. In 1990, Arnold Schwarzenegger and sci-fi director Paul Verhoeven collaborated to make the R-rated 'Total Recall,' which shifted the story to Mars, and maintained some of those mysteries and allegories. 22 years later, Len Wiseman's "Total Recall" has now reached the screens, which has maximum noise and minimum sense.
Most of the time, Hollywood borrows wonderful Sci-fi premises and brings it down to a movie with lot of chasing, shouting and fighting. Total Recall belongs to that category. The funny theme of this movie is persistence of memory. Its funny, because the movie seems to fade almost immediately from our conscious.
PlotDouglas Quaid (Farrell) works in a manufacturing plant that makes synthetic cops, and lives with his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale).They live in a ratty apartment in the place called "Colony," which is more architecturally indebted to Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner." Quaid's daily transport involves taking The Fall, a massive rocket-type elevator that travels through the core of the Earth. The group of European nations called the United Federation of Britain and its chancellor, Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), is hellbent on squashing an uprising Down Under by a mysterious revolutionary known as Matthias (Bill Nighy).