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.
Just because it's futuristic doesn't mean it's practical.