Monday, August 6, 2012

MILF Rendezvous: Total Recall

As Dylan mentioned in this week’s TGITDNMAR, the remake of Total Recall is upon us. Fans of Breaking Bad may be excited to see Bryan Cranston chew up the scenery as Cohaagen, but his Bad costar Dean Norris deserves props for puffing up to Schwarzenegger’s Quaid as the slough-faced mutant, Tony. I’m excited to see the remake, but I have no doubt that it will be inferior to the old ‘Ahnuld’ version. Wiseman’s PG-13, for-the-masses fare can’t possibly match Verhoeven’s hard-R ballbuster, but it’ll be interesting to see his spin on the Philip K. Dick short story, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.
For weeks, mild-mannered construction worker Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) awakes from fitful dreams where he and an alluring, dark-haired woman nearly die on Mars. His wife, Lori (Sharon Stone), isn’t too happy about his dreams, and urges him to stop watching news stories about Kuato (Marshall Bell) and his freedom brigade who continue to terrorize the mining operations. Luckily, the company, Rekall, can satisfy the curiosity his wife has squashed by implanting memories of the Red Planet directly into his brain without him even leaving the city. However, when the switch is flipped, Quaid’s secret-agent fantasy becomes a reality. Quaid is really working with the Martian resistance to uncover the truth behind a mysterious alien artifact. Or is he a double agent working for the governor of Mars, Vilos Cohaagen (Ronny Cox), to squelch the resistance? Or is he a mild-mannered construction worker suffering from a schizoid embolism in the chair at the Rekall facility?

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