Saturday, April 12, 2014

Books On Film | We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
One of my favorite science fiction films is Total Recall (1990), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone.  The film is based on a short-story titled We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by popular science fiction author Philip K. Dick. 

The story, originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1966, is a futuristic tale about Douglas Quail who wishes to visit the Mars colony. Unable to actually afford to he visits REKAL, a company specializing in implanting fake memories as a sort of virtual adventure.

Things turn dangerous for Quail when it turns out his planned fake trip to Mars as a secret agent may have actually already happened in real life.

A second adaptation of he book, Total Recall (2012), was also released starring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale. Don't watch either movie expecting a page by page adaptation. Both films keep to the main premise of the short-story, but, of course, they make changes the way that movie adaptions seem to do.

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