Total Recall – Lost in Adaptation

The Dom takes on Total Recall. Covering the book, the orignal adaptation and the reboot.

The Lost in adaptation November Nanos conclude with a three part episode covering both Total Recall movies and the short story they completely ignored.

Utopian future Dom reviews the original Total Recall as a film and as an adaptation.

Dystopian future Dom rounds off Total Total Recall with a review of the 2012 remake. Covering its failings as a film, as an adaptation and as a reboot.

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Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.

6 comments

  1. I’ve never read the book.

    I’ve never seen the original movie.

    I’ve seen the reboot. I thought it was okay. I liked the action scenes.

  2. Intro – The original review created 2 futures. One utopian and one apocalyptic. And in the utopian one The Dom goes back to wearing classes. How does this make any sense?

    1990 – My understanding was they didn’t know what the reactor would do. The reason that the civilization who built it didn’t activate it themselves was that there was a risk it would start a chain reaction which could blow up the planet.

    If it was an implanted memory, I don’t think the later bit with the wife was meant to be part of it. They did mess him up as the coworker warned and he rejected their attempt to bring him out. The torture and head swelling were unintentional representations of the physical damage getting incorporated into the illusion. Nor was he simply going to wake up at the end. With nothing of the structured experience left to build from his consciousness would just stop upon completing the scenario leaving him in a catatonic state.

    2012 – Until the red herring bit is revealed it’s much more in question as to why they didn’t just kill him in this movie. Especially since he was captured while recording that message for himself. It’s explained later on but given what the character are suppose to think at the time it’s baffling that they don’t expect some sort of deception.

    • “And in the utopian one The Dom goes back to wearing classes. How does this make any sense?”

      You assume that the primary function of the glasses is to correct bad vision. What if the glasses have some other function now, like displaying information to Dom about power levels and such?

    • My understanding was they didn’t know what the reactor would do. The reason that the civilization who built it didn’t activate it themselves was that there was a risk it would start a chain reaction which could blow up the planet.

      Yes, and even the bad guy was unwilling to activate it for this reason.

  3. “Jeremy Ironsides”…
    Did you do that on purpose? (I think that’s Michael Ironside, not Jeremy Irons.)

    Weirdly, I find the idea of a future Australia entirely populated with Asians and everyone talks with American accents and the cities are wayyyy over-built but there’s still a lot of space… strangely believable.
    But I only live in Australia, what do I know?

    Love the Arnie version, but I haven’t read the story nor watched the new version. That just looks so drab, and like they’re trying to take all the fun and imagination out of the concept.

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