Memory is a gift. Through memory we bring people back into our lives. We relive the wonderful and tragic giving us strength and teaching us lessons. Memory lets us cherish nostalgia and enables us to remember what happened on last week’s Breaking Bad since the recap at the beginning barely hits the highlights.
That’s why it is such a shame that Hollywood has no memory. If they did, there wouldn’t be so many remakes.
You might not have ever read Philip K. Dick’s short story, “’We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”. It tells the story of an average man, Douglas Quail (yes, it was originally Quail), whose fondest desire it to go to Mars. Instead he goes to Rekal, a memory service. While about to implanted with his false memories of a trip to the red planet, the technicians discover he has actually been to Mars already, is really a secret agent, and has had his memory erased. He later confronts agents of the government.
That ends the similarities with Total Recall, both the 1990 Schwarzenegger vehicle and the 2012 Colin Farrell film just released. Continue reading →