Total Recall and The Remake Rule
Did the remake work? Nah. But given the reviews it got from critics and audience alike, I think it important to note: the new one doesn't suck. Fun and dumb, I'd say. Mindless and a little passion-less but not boring. If I were ten and had a slow Saturday afternoon to kill, I'd have thought it was really good.
Or maybe not. In the lobby after the show, I overheard two boys, maybe ten years old, the film's perfect target audience. They were talking eagerly about some of the cool moments... in the 1990 version! Oops.
So the movie is not in violation of the remake rule, but clearly didn't do what it set out to do. Maybe Lanford Wilson was right, and they were just trying to mess it up.