In Total Recall, the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Douglas Quaid is a simple man who wants an escape from his routine life, so he enlists the aid of a possibly evil company who implants fantastic images and adventures in his mind. Before long, he can’t tell what’s real and what’s fake, and whether all of this has happened before. You may also recognize that plot line from your own life as a moviegoer this summer, and every summer in recent memory. The studios are set to trot out one case of cinematic deja vu after the next with the Spider-Man, Batman, Ice Age, and yes, even Total Recall sequels and remakes on the way.
OR ARE THEY? (They are.)
This supercut of Hollywood’s epic laziness (via the Daily What), edits all of this season’s blockbuster repeats together. To quote the inimitable Quato from the original Total Recall “You are what you do. A man is defined by his actions, not his memory.” So what does that mean if we take action to not see any of these cynical cash-ins and try not to remember having ever heard about them in the first place?