"Total Recall": The reviews are in

Quaid (Colin Farrell) seated in the Mind Trip Chair inside the Rekall Tripping Den in Columbia Pictures' action thriller TOTAL RECALL. Michael Gibson

Quaid (Colin Farrell) seated in the Mind Trip Chair inside the Rekall Tripping Den in Columbia Pictures' action thriller "Total Recall."
Columbia Pictures/Michael Gibson

(CBS News) "Total Recall," the remake of the 1990s action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, hits theaters today and the film is already causing critics and fans alike to compare and contrast the new film with the old.

Len Wiseman's version stars Colin Farrell as Douglas Quaid, a factory worker whose dreams of being a super-spy become a reality. But the procedure of turning dreams into real memories goes wrong and Quaid becomes a wanted man.

Some critics believe the new version provides a new action-packed ride, while others criticize a film they  claim cannot live up to the Paul Verhoeven original.

The film received a 32 percent rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

Here's what some of the critics had to say:

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle: "For all of its dazzlingly rendered cityscapes and nonstop action, this revamped "Total Recall" is a bland thing - bloodless, airless, humorless, featureless. With or without the triple-bosomed prostitute."

A.O. Scott, The New York Times: "But this 'Total Recall' has less to do with Dick [Philip K. Dick] than its predecessor did, and it might have fared better without the baggage of expectation and comparison that it inevitably carries. A science-fiction movie about a guy on the run and the two slender, combative, black-suited women who may or may not love him might not be all that memorable, but it would at least be forgettable on its own terms."

Kyle Smith, New York Post:"The original Arnold Schwarzenegger movie was perfection -- a moonbeam James Bond better than any actual James Bond movie. The central pleasure of the movie was its twists, and as the same twists got rolled out in the remake, I kept thinking: 'Yes, that was surprising to me in 1990.'"

Jen Chaney, Washington Post: "While it may not be a fully realized take on Dick's forward-thinking work, it's still a far better film than the Verhoeven version."

  • Camille Mann

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