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Why Some Philip K. Dick Adaptations Work (And Others Are Total Disasters)

We Look at 12 Films Taken From PKD Stories And What They Do Right And Wrong

by | November 19, 2015 | Comments

Philip K. Dick was born 1928 and died 1982, just months before the first movie based on a novel he wrote, Blade Runner, would be released, changing the film landscape forever.

In his 52 years, Dick wrote 44 novels and over 100 short stories, mainly within his adopted literary realm of science fiction. At a time when sci-fi was disrespected and stereotyped with martian invaders and zap guns, Dick turned the genre inward, obsessing over themes of identity, humanity, the nature of reality, religion, and drug abuse.

Since 1982, and especially after the release of 1990’s Total Recall, Hollywood has trawled the Dick library for movie ideas. Television has also been getting into the game, with Fox premiering Minority Report in September (Rotten at 29%), and Amazon releasing all 10 episodes today of The Man in the High Castle (Certified Fresh at 97%), an alternate history series that explores life in America if the Axis powers had won World War II.

Now, Rotten Tomatoes explores the history of Philip K. Dick stories on the big screen and how they compare to their literary sources.


Blade Runner (1982) 90%, based on the 1966 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

In a world… ravaged and emptied after World War III, people are lured into outer space where human cyborgs perform all manual labor. Physically superior to their creators, these replicants are banned from Earth. Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a blade runner, a detective/bounty hunter whose latest assignment is to track down and “retire” four replicants.

What went right: Blade Runner eschews the book’s nuttier elements (the world is obsessed with religions and owning animals as status symbols) and transforms itself into hard-boiled neo-noir, full of high-contrast lighting and architectural wonder. The movie is a slow burn for sure, and it doesn’t draw you in so much as smother you with world-building and detail. The 2007 Final Cut is when the film finally came together after existing for decades in various forms of refinement; this version cleans up effects and clarifies dialogue, turning Blade Runner at last into an immaculate timeless nightmare.


Total Recall (1990) 82%, based on the 1966 short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”

In a world… of implanted memories that feel just like the real thing, Douglas Quaid dreams of shedding his humdrum life and becoming a superspy. Quaid goes to Rekall to sidestep reality but when the procedure goes awry, he realizes he was a spy — his identity had been erased and life as he knows it is a forgery.

What went right: A hyper-violent classic! If Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Last Action Hero was a parody of meathead action movies of the ’80s and ’90s, Total Recall delivers the same goods with a straight face. It’s got everything: guns, sex, plot twists, foot and car chases, and Arnie getting hit in the junk half a dozen times. The short story Total Recall is based on plays it straight: the main character goes to Rekall and realizes he was a spy in a previous life and his dreams of Mars were repressed memories coming to surface. The power of Total Recall is that it finds an extra layer that Dick didn’t conceive: What if everything that happens to Quaid is a dream? The movie plays out so conveniently to Quaid’s fantasies that it’s impossible to tell whether it’s actually happening or if he’s still strapped to a chair at Rekall having a psychotic episode. Such existential ruminations represent Dick’s themes at its most fun.


Confessions d'un Barjo (Confessions of a Crap Artist) (1992) , based on the 1959 novel Confessions of a Crap Artist

In a world… where people are horrible to each other. Yeah, not a stretch of the imagination with this one. The crap artist in question is Jack (Hippolyte Girardot), a collector of useless junk and absurd ideas who is invited by his sister to live on her estate with her abusive husband.

What went right: Dick wrote a series of non-science fiction novels before the 1960s, all of which were rejected by book houses. The only one to be eventually published during his lifetime was Confessions, written in 1959 and released in 1975, during a dry spell as Dick dealt with personal issues and labored over A Scanner Darkly. Ostensibly, Crap is a comedic look at the social mores and increasing wealth of California life during the 1950s, though its film adaptation transports this setting to modern France. The movie version of Jack is softer and more accessible as an anti-hero than in the novel, and his observations on the hypocritical nature of family and community translate well, despite this upheaval in setting. Human nature, it seems, transcends time and space.


Screamers (1996) 30%, based on the 1953 short story “Second Variety”

In a world… where man has colonized the planets, war is being waged by two factions (the New Economic Block and the Alliance insurgents) over a precious radioactive mineral. The Alliance has developed “screamers” — autonomous robots that burrow through the ground to fight for them. But the screamers have evolved, developing new varieties that look and act like humans.

What went wrong: The opposing forces in the short story are Americans against Russians with the fate of mankind at stake. In the movie, it’s essentially a war over commercial interests, which drastically reduces the scope and weight of the action. The screamers themselves are not particularly menacing, especially in the wake of Edge of Tomorrow, which nailed the look of fluid cybernetic monsters. Screamers‘ dialogue can be effective and there are some scary moments, but the last 20 minutes are laughable and stupid.


Impostor (2002) 22%, based on the 1953 short story “Impostor”

In a world… where a hostile civilization from Alpha Centauri is waging relentless war on Earth, the aliens have introduced a new weapon: replicants. These replicants arrive, kill their target human and assume its identity — all the while equipped with an internal nuclear device that can blow at any second. Spencer Olham (Gary Sinise) is a government scientist developing humanity’s own secret weapon when he’s arrested with a serious charge: the real Spencer is dead and he is, in fact, a ticking timebomb replicant.

What went wrong: Toss this one onto the pile of Dick adaptations that doesn’t do anything particularly wrong, but also nothing exemplary. Impostor seems to have been something of a passion project for Sinise (who gets a rare producer credit), selling himself as a credible action star with plenty of moments running around shirtless and sneaking in a shower butt shot. But the visuals lack creative spark and the sets are drab and monotone, while the movie’s middle section is essentially a single chase sequence with a few jumps to other locations and not much plot development. Impostor was originally shot as a 40-minute film to be packaged with Mimic (which also became a feature film) and Danny Boyle’s Alien Love Triangle. It works better as a short. Kudos, though, for Impostor retaining the short story’s challenging ending.


Minority Report (2002) 91%, based on the 1956 short story “The Minority Report”

In a world… that has zero murders, thanks to PreCrime wielding mutant predictions to accuse and arrest individuals before their bad deeds get committed, Captain John Anderton goes on the run as the “precogs” accuse him murdering a stranger in 36 hours.

What went right: Some of Dick’s stories lack much action (like this, or “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”), existing more as existential inquiries. That’s a boon for filmmakers as it provides a great groundwork which visionary directors can build upon and overload with imagination.  Along with Blade Runner, Minority Report presents the most “complete” worlds: these movies feel lived-in and the technology is logical. In Minority’s case, it predicted total societal integration with electronics before it happened to us in real life. The action is some of Steven Spielberg‘s best, frequently fused with black humor, though I still take umbrage with the movie’s improbably upbeat ending.


Paycheck (2003) 27%, based on the 1952 short story “Paycheck”

In a world… where your memory is erased after finishing a job, engineer Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck) has just completed a majorly lucrative two-year contract. When emerging with his employment memories wiped, Jennings discovers his past self has inexplicably forfeited the paycheck in favor of an envelope of useless everyday trinkets. Soon afterwards, he’s targeted for assassination and goes on the run.

What went wrong: “Paycheck” was one of Dick’s earliest published stories and, as such, pure 1950s pulp. The screenwriters update the setting and remove the lame original ending, though its replacement isn’t much improvement. The plot hook (that the envelope’s contents rescue Jennings at seemingly random life-threatening moments) is pretty weak. Being aware Jennings will escape every hairy situation with a paper clip or some lederhosen drains all tension from the action as we wait for the envelope to deplete itself, and in the movie that doesn’t happen until there’s 20 minutes before credits. Until then, our hero runs sweatily around clutching a bag of convenient dei ex machina. Uma Thurman plays the love interest, Aaron Eckhart is the evil talking chin, and there’s a motorcycle chase that recalls director John Woo‘s early career but, otherwise, this is forgettable stuff. No need for a memory wipe after watching Paycheck: you won’t remember it the next day.


A Scanner Darkly (2006) 68%, based on the 1977 novel A Scanner Darkly

In a world… of widespread drug addiction, Americans are hooked on mind-altering Substance D. The government responds with heavy policing and ubiquitous surveillance, creating a black job market of narcs who spy and report anonymously on their friends and neighbors. Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) is one such narc, a Sub D addict keeping tabs on his chums for local police. Things are hunky dory until Arctor receives his next surveillance assignment: himself.

What went right: Dick’s masterpiece in the hands of a master filmmaker (Richard Linklater). The book is a howlingly funny, anguished eulogy to tripped-out hedonists whose major crime is hoping the Summer of Love would last forever, based on Dick’s own experiences as his friends succumbed to hard drugs during the 1970s. Linklater rotoscoped this adaptation, slathering a layer of animation over his live actors which emphasizes the story’s theme of disconnection — mentally and physically — as Arctor loses track of his multiple personas. The casting is perfect, especially Robert Downey Jr. as one of Arctor’s asshole pals. This is also the most faithful of the PKD movies, and in a way reminds me of No Country For Old Men: both strive for such fidelity to the book they develop an un-movielike pace and rhythm, to the point of being unsettling. Though Linklater’s film ups the paranoia and loses a chunk of the book’s humor, this is as good an adaptation it’ll ever get.


Next (2007) 28%, based on the 1954 short story “The Golden Man”

In a world… where one man can see two minutes into the future and its myriad of possibilities, Nicolas Cage is Cris Johnson, a clairvoyant relentlessly pursued by an FBI agent (Julianne Moore) who wants to use his ability to track down a nuke.

What went wrong: In the short story, mutants are common and they’re rounded up to be studied then euthanized, while the Cris Johnson character can see 30 minutes into the future as opposed to two. Also, Cris is a sex object, covered gold head to toe. So yeah, the movie strays far from the source, though that’s no crime if the filmmakers come up with something better. They don’t. Next‘s plot has the depth of a weekly CBS procedural as it pushes Cage around, who wears an ugly jacket with a bad haircut during the runtime. Then there’s loads of CGI, none of which looks convincing. And the ending — wow, a total copout. Place it somewhere between “It was all a dream!” and “Turns out you were crazy the whole time!”


The Adjustment Bureau (2011) 71%, based on the 1954 short story “Adjustment Team”

In a world… where your fate is controlled by angelic bureaucratic agents, Matt Damon dares to defy the odds. Damon plays David Norris, a Senate hopeful who meets Elise, the woman of his dreams (Emily Blunt), on the campaign trail. After accidentally seeing the Adjustment Bureau at work behind the scenes, they warn David he risks everything (including death) in pursuing her.

What went right: The short story is a fairly low-stakes affair, so the movie does right by putting David’s possible candidacy for POTUS on the line. Dick wrote about women a lot but he was not particularly sensuous about it, so it’s refreshing to see a sweeping romance effectively seared into a story of his. And Bureau simply looks great: the colors are lush, deep, and the lines and angles that make up a majority of the backgrounds are wonderful (they’re subtly used to guide the eye around the frame, in the same way these characters are guided by the agents). The movie sets up a lot of rules about this universe and threatens to collapse under their weight; sagely, the story concludes before this occurs.


Total Recall (2012) 30%

What went wrong: Sometimes when Hollywood remakes a classic, producers will claim that their version is going to be closer to the book (see:True Grit). Not so in this case. The remake, directed by Underworld‘s Len Wiseman, doesn’t mine any additional story elements from “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” and instead works completely off the template laid by Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 version. Wiseman is a better director of action scenes than Verhoeven, who’s always been enchanted with gore and sleaze (not that there’s anything wrong with that), and his camera work here is fluid and kinetic. Likewise, the city landscapes and gadget designs are out of this world. But the main characters (this time played by Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel) undergo zero development and all the story beats were done better the first time around. For lightweight spectacle, you could do worse, but this overall is a redundant and bloodless trip down memory lane.


Radio Free Albemuth (2014) 36%, based on the 1976 novel Radio Free Albemuth

In a world… where a fascist president has ruled over America for 15 years, record store clerk Nicolas Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins receiving messages in his dreams from a far away galactic supreme being called VALIS. Under its direction, Brady moves his family to Los Angeles, takes up a position at a music label, and awaits the appearance of a songwriter named Silvia (Alanis Morissette) who will help him overthrow the president.

What went wrong: Albemuth is clearly a labor of love but not of particular talent, resulting in a poorly lit film with crap framing, hokey CG, and scenes jammed together without grace. If I hadn’t read the novel beforehand, I would’ve had a tough time following the plot or even understanding what the title meant. The 1970s were a tumultuous decade for Dick: he was questioned by the FBI, his house was burgled (with Dick believing it was the government trying to spook him), and he had a deep religious awakening, all of which are described in this work, where the author himself is a major character. Written as a sci-fi confessional and introduction to his new gnostic viewpoint, Dick’s book is something of a noble failure, beautiful but flat, and it’s crazy somebody thought a movie could be made out of it on such a low budget.

  • Jackie Jormpjomp

    Screamers is far better than implied here

    • Internet Astronaut

      Nope.
      I agree with the writer, it would have been better if they stayed closer to the original story.
      By the end, it turned into absurdity.

    • Bryan Dyke

      I agree…Screamers is a beloved gem…source matter be damned, the film has excellent cinematopgraphy and excels in generating mood . Its highly underrated.

  • JT Davis

    I agree. Screamers has a lot of good moments and the story is solid for most of the movie. I bet if it were released today you’d see it getting in the 55-65% range.

  • Jack Dee

    “Next” is awesome, if for no other reason than His Holiness, The Cage.

    • LaszloZoltan

      I thought Next was pretty good too- especially the ending

  • Sam

    Verhoeven is leagues better action director compared to Wiseman. Wiseman directs forgettable video game-ish action scenes.

  • ashburton grove

    isnt tommorowland based on pkd work as well

    • Vits/Vicente Torres

      No. It was based on the theme park attraction.

    • Tracy Williams Jr

      huh? Im almost certain Tomorrow Land is an original story co written by Brad bird if not mistaken.

  • zarcon zarconinni

    I prefer reading the books and conjuring up my own imagery.

    • wmbrainiac

      So hard.

      • zarcon zarconinni

        Practice helps.

  • I never understood the adulation for “Total Recall” (the original with Arnold Schwartzenegger and Sharon Stone). I went to see it in the theater when first released, and 15 minutes into the film, I leaned to my friend and said, “Giles, this movie is garbage. I HATE this movie.”

    • NCBrian

      and Giles heard nothing you said because i’m pretty sure the 15-minute mark is when the 3-breasted woman shows up. ;-p

    • Bryan Dyke

      Verhoven was overrated. He basically re-made Robocop three times.

    • Jacques Cousteau

      If you read the story it’s based on, there wasn’t a lot to work with if they followed the original plotline. They basically extrapolated the whole trip to Mars–which never “takes places” in the story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. The trip to Mars is referenced indirectly, but not experienced directly in the context of the story. Therefore they basically had a field day making up the trip to Mars from the ground up. It’s a pretty poor way of interpreting source material, frankly.

    • Nick C.

      I too felt that TR w/ Arnold was crappy when it came out. I saw it again a couple years ago and thought the same way. Poor production values (those stupid cars, bad Fx, for example), lame dialogue, and yes–Arnold, as the totally miscast hero–do this movie in. I felt that they took a great story and blew it completely.

  • glowoftheabyss

    so for the movie aggregator Minority Report is slightly better than Blade Runner …

  • Radio Free Albemuth is about gnosticism not agnosticism. One “A” makes a huge difference here, as gnosticism is a crazy branch of Christianity with aliens that I don’t quite understand myself.

    • Sarah Ricard

      Bad edit — my fault. Corrected! Thx.

  • TheStunami

    Total Recall is a favourite of mine. Loved both Blade Runner and Minority Report.

  • Teemu Leisti

    “Screamers” additionally suffers from quite poor special effects. And in one shot of the main protagonist walking in a canyon, supposedly on an alien planet, we can see a row of streetlights above the canyon’s lip at the top of the frame.

    “Minority Report” looks great and is quite enjoyable if you don’t think about it too much, the script is full of plot holes.

    “Blade Runner” is still the best Dick adaptation, a landmark of science fiction films. “The Adjustment Bureau” is also a really fun film, with a really well-done romance between the two likeable main characters. It’s also a refreshing change from the many, many sf films overburdened with effects and explosions, showing that a good script is still the main ingredient of a good film.

  • andy

    total recall remake was complete poo.

    • NCBrian

      it really was. i think i’d rather pull one of those video eggs out of my nose than watch that garbage again

  • LaszloZoltan

    perhaps the most interesting aspect of pkd’s work is the common themes that evolved throughout- and we have only barely scratched the surface.

  • Tracy Williams Jr

    I think a scanner darkly and Blade Runner are my favorites on this list.

  • Nicola Stacey Jackson

    Next’s ending made it feel like you’d just wasted an hour watching it… which you had.

    • NCBrian

      haha yep

  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    -BLADE RUNNER: 6/10
    -PAYCHECK; A SCANNER DARKLY; THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU: 5/10
    -TOTAL RECALL (both versions): 3/10
    -NEXT: 2/10

  • kovácsné

    I would say most of these are quite decent movies, though poor Philip K. Dick would be convinced the government/some mysterious alien being went into a lot of effort to mercilesly castrate all his ideas (:

  • I guess they didn’t talk about “The Man in the High Castle” because it isn’t finished yet. I tried watching the first episode and I felt they rushed the hook of the plot. I’m sure it’s good, but I was kinda bored. Maybe my attention span has gotten worse.

    • Tom Weeks

      In Medias Res, Jack

  • Noah Shepard

    Blade Runner is clearly the best.

  • I don’t think that Minority Report was that good, and I saw it 3 times in the cinema. Not the first adaptation that Spielberg modified to his taste (Jurassic Park: Lost Word is the best example).
    I liked Paycheck as a movie, but never read the original material.
    A Scanner Darkly is a very good adaptation in my opinion, and I liked the film’s style.

    • NCBrian

      agreed

    • Jacques Cousteau

      Minority Report is a decent film for what it is, but it’s almost a travesty how they dumbed it down by removing all the political context and making it personal instead. They took a spineless route and removed potentially controversially provocative content and replaced it with what they hoped would pang heartstrings instead. The original story is worlds better.

  • Alex Arthur

    Isn’t the Adjustment Bureau just ‘Dark City’ (Alex Proyas, 1998)? Dark City is a superior film so did it take it’s plot from Dick?

    • glennonymous

      Adjustment Bureau has some similar tropes to Dark City, but saying they are the same movie is like saying an eggplant panino is the same thing as a hamburger because they’re both sandwiches. It’s a disservice to two very different, very good films that are as different in tone as they can be, DC being a dark and twisted nightmare of a world run from behind the scenes by Nosferatu, and AB being a glowing, upbeat sci-fi romantic comedy romp where angels wear Miller’s Crossing hats. As for DC taking its plot from Dick, yep. So, indirectly, does the Truman Show, Inception, Memento, Abre Los Ojos and Vanilla Sky and about ten thousand other movies. Dick is the most influential writer on movie plots, ever.

      • Alex Arthur

        I mean does DC come from the same source /same book as AB?

        • Dark City is an original script, so it doesn’t have the same source as Adjustment Bureau.

  • Tom Weeks

    When will they make a film of Ubik?? Could they???? Could Anyone?

    • Michael Lammers

      Michel Gondry was going to, but haven’t heard anything about it in forever. One of my favorite books.

  • NCBrian

    This article is absolutely fantastic – I agree with all of the comments. So while it deprived me of the opportunity of posting some condescending smuggary, I still had a great time reading this 🙂

  • Cory Clark

    A Scanner Darkly, I find, gets better with each viewing and with more consideration.

    • glennonymous

      Yeah, I’m confused by how underrated Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly is. (Keanuphobia perhaps?) It’s certainly the most faithful of all PKD films. Perfectly captures the dark hilarity and sadness of the book. I love it.

  • Big V

    I might be in the minority here (pun intended) but until A scanner Darkly Blade Runner was my fave adaptation of Dick’s stories. I just loved ASD so much. I am biased tho. ASD is my fave Dick novel.

  • Bryan Dyke

    I thought the Total Recall remake attempted to do some somewhat admirable sci fi themes. It wasnt Verhoven’s film or Dick’s material, but it had more pros than some folks let on.On the flip side, screamers was an excellent film, the mood and setting on the colony was , at times, very well done. It was low budget…sure, but it is a very underrated film.

  • Eric10301

    Wow, I randomly clicked on this article and it helped me remember something I’ve been trying to figure out for forever, the name of the movie, Screamers. I saw the movie as a teenager and for whatever reason it sort of got stuck in my brain but I couldn’t remember enough to search for the title. Thanks!!!

  • Pepper Williams

    Both “Total Recalls” were excellent to me. “Adjustment Bureau” was boring. “Paycheck” was another favorite of mine. So you see, there’s always something for someone!

  • johnglade

    Really don’t understand all the hate against Impostor, Paycheck, Next and the TR remake, those are very watchable flicks.

  • boll ocks

    I wish somebody would make a movie of “Do androids dream of electric sheep”. I love that novel.

    • Kayla Rae Brotherton

      Blade Runner, the first entry on the list, is based on that novel.

      • Dr.Malicious, MD

        I think op is implying that he/she wants a more faithful adaptation of “Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?”

  • Paulmatthew22

    are they going to remake Logan’s Run or what?

  • What Is Reality

    I read nearly all of PKD’s work and was greatly excited when Bladerunner came out. I saw it and had no idea how it could be considered and adaptation of “Do Androids Dream.” I disliked it so intensely that I didn’t see it again for 20 years. With successive adaptations, I was bewildered by how anyone saw PKD’s stories as action movies. PKD’s recurring themes were “What is reality?”, “How can I tell?” and “Am I sufficiently paranoid?” His main characters are nebbish-y and ineffectual, caught up in events beyond their control. While some of these movies may stand on their own, the only one that I have seen that actually seems like an adaptation of PKD is “A Scanner Darkly”. The rest seem like they are off in “Inspired by…” territory. I have avoided TR, just based on the trailers. I also hated what Verhoeven did to Starship Troopers, just as Verhoeven clearly hated Heinlein’s views. Sorry, strayed a bit there. PKD was a man with serious mental problems exacerbated by an increasing drug habit. It made for strange writing, but it certainly was not action movie source material.Consider “Clans of the Alphane Moons”, a planet of tribes, each united by the psychoses they have in common.

    • CooofNJ

      Agree totally. Dick stories were always disturbing. But definitely not action thrillers. And you are also right about Storm Troopers.

    • drtljonesged

      Dick was indeed mentally ill – perhaps what we would now call ‘bi-polar’.. ‘writing’ ..anything… requires considerable focus and certainly his output was rather prolific. I started reading him as an adolescent…interestingly, as I did L. Ron Hubbard, who was just terrible..awful!…It’s a shame he never lived to see any larger audience for his work, much less his films. Too bad, actually.

  • Skaught

    The 2012 Total Recall never seemed to consider itself its own movie. Other than the fact that it takes place entirely on Earth, it’s almost a shot-for-shot remake. If you’ve seen the original, then the only thing you get from the new one is, how will they do [blank] this time? The original was actually trying to be an awesome mindfreak of a movie, and it largely succeeded; 2012’s was trying to be a remake of an awesome mindfreak of a movie, so all it succeeded in was being a remake.

  • IamMe

    Next was curious in that it showed Cage using his ability to see into the future in an intelligent way. I had mostly forgotten that limitation of his power in the movie as I started watching it on TV part way in. However the ending showed that he could see as far into the future as he cared to by using a fairly simple trick…

    Look 2 minutes into the future, remember in just under 2 minutes into that future to look another 2 minutes into the future, repeat. This would grant him the ability to look into his own future to the time of his death using a recursive loop, constantly looking another 2 minutes ahead. As soon as you think of that kind of use the time limit becomes pointless. You would be able to plan out your entire life till your death in the way that is most interesting/advantageous to you.

    Other side uses include brute force cracking any password/security but just looking ahead into all the timelines where you try each combination until you see the one tha works.

    Not many thought of that though, and I’m not even sure if that was intended. Even his being in the cabin might have been a timeline he was peeking at from even earlier in his life. The only one that would know would be him, not the viewer. Can leave you wondering what was the point though.

  • VicioousAlienKlown

    The new Total REcall was such a mess, the story combined the planted wife and the pursuing bad guy into one character…mistake. The lead guy doesn’t even go to Mars and everyone in the movie was flat. White washed into nothing. The original was great the remake was forgettable.

  • uglybagofwater

    Another thing the original Total Recall got right was the overall tone of the film. It was probably the only Dick adaptation that had kind of a 60s sci-fi story feel to it.

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