A flop at the box office but notwithstanding that (or the fact that Paul Verhoeven probably isn't quaking in his books) the 2012 version of 'Total Recall' offers slick and glossy visuals for a couple of hours.
I found that it passed a rainy afternoon in the cinema just fine.
The storyline offers generally a similar experience to the previous version but with some changes made so no-one who saw the 1990 film will really be unclear about what's going to happen and it also looks like director Len Wisemen went overboard copying other (and in fairness, better) sci-fi films such as 'Minority Report' (in it's vision of future cities and highways), 'Attack of The Clones' (in the form of the new forces following the characters around) and there are some nods to the 1990 film as well.
Colin Farrell is pretty good as a more everyman version of Doug Quaid and Kate Beckinsale gets to play full on Vamp mode as his wife Lori. Although Jessica Biel and the rest of the cast get relatively short thrift. The action is non-stop and the visual effects glossy and to be honest, while it will never win any awards I didn't totally hate it either the way some critics did.