So I am reading Total Recall, the movie tie-in collection of Phillip K Dick’s short stories. Included in that volume is the story that gave birth to that cheesy 90’s film Total Recall staring Mr Scwartznegger.
In case you haven’t seen it in a while:
I watched it recently and it’s aged quite a bit, the cinematography and the special effects. But I have a soft spot for Arnie.
I had never read the short story that inspired this movie. It was, after all published in 1966.
It was interesting reading- a weird mix of futuristic ideas that don’t seem out too out of place in current sci-fi, some sexual objectification masquerading as edgy futuristic sexual freedom, and some downright funny juxtapositions like typewriters and handwritten cheques in a business that is manipulating/implanting memories and a world in which travel to Mars is regular.
Mind you we went to the moon in 1969 in a glorified tin can so…
We can remember it for you wholesale was nominated for a Nebula, but I find it a fairly ordinary piece of writing stylistically and the ending, well …hokey/trite ?
This year sees the release of a redux of Total Recall, which I suspect might be closer to the original story in its execution. I haven’t seen it but Grant and Sonya at Bad Film diaries have and they offer a review here.
Out of the 1990’s version and the short story I still favour the Austrian juggernaut.