“Don’t let life pass you by. Call Rekall, for the memory of a lifetime. Rekall, Rekall, Rekall.”
Starting with the release of Len Wiseman’s Colin Farrel-starring TOTAL RECALL remake that hit theaters on August 3rd, including a few of our Alamo Drafthouse locations, no director in the history of cinema will have his work remade as often in the next year as will the legendary Dutch art/action director Paul Verhoeven. José Padilha’s ROBOCOP, starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, and Samuel L. Jackson is in production. 1997’s STARSHIP TROOPERS is also currently deep in development for a reboot, although details have as of yet been scarce. Under the circumstances, one might imagine the reaction from Paul Verhoeven himself, which he offered succinctly in a recent GQ interview: “I feel completely depressed.”
We at the Drafthouse have the cure for Paul Verhoeven’s depression. Starting Monday, August 13th, we will be screening Paul Verhoeven’s original 1990 sci-fi masterpiece TOTAL RECALL in a new, director-approved DCP restoration at the Alamo Drafthouse Village location. For the memory of a lifetime, embrace this opportunity to view both back-to-back and see how the remake stacks up against the much-loved original.
Back in 1990, there was only one one Doug Quaid, and he had one mission: get his ass to Mars. Paul Verhoeven's classic, ultraviolent adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," TOTAL RECALL returns to the big screen. A paradoxically muscle-bound everyman named Doug Qauid, portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, finds himself unfulfilled by his workaday construction job and so escapes every night into his dreams. He dreams of a life beyond his own -- planet, that is. Quaid dreams of the red skies of Mars and cannot shake the thought that something seems familiar about this imagined scenario. Unfortunately, with his salary he'll never be able to afford a trip to see the Martian landscape in person. Enter Rekall, a corporation that promises "the memory of a lifetime" in the form of surgical implants. Rekall doesn't just offer vacations away from home, but also vacations from yourself -- instead, why not be a millionaire playboy, a famous athlete, or even a secret agent. The implant begins and that's where the real world begins to collide with the world of Quaid's dreams. What is truth and what is fiction? Is Quaid really who he thinks he is or is this all part of "vacation" from himself? The true beauty and mystery of the original TOTAL RECALL is that we, the viewers, never know. Even twenty years later, audiences are still left guessing in the darkness as the credits begin to roll. You decide: dream or reality?
Come see Paul Verhoeven's original TOTAL RECALL at the Alamo Drafthouse Village, playing once nightly at 7:00pm (Mon/Tues) / 7:30pm (Wed/Thurs) from Mon., August 13th until Thurs., August 16th. (Sam Prime)