Re: Total Recall - Reviews, Grading, and duiscussions, SPOILERS
Speaking of the original, it's one of the two movies I have on BluRay.
Watching it again recently, I was surprised at how closely the newer movie follows it, beat for beat. Aside from a few aesthetic changes (no Mars, no mutants) it's basically the same movie.
So much for those of us who thought it was going to be a closer adaption of the book eh
And I agree with Roger Ebert's review, Arnold's version has much more heart in it.
Yeah, originally it was thought this new one would more follow the short-story but in reality it turned out to be very much more a "remake" of the Arnold movie.
And, as you say, it's pretty much a beat-for-beat, note-for-note remake. But desperately lacks the charm and just "fun" of the Arnold movie. Not to mention the "nifty!" factor of it taking place on Mars.
Out of hope.