Faint Praise

I just saw an ad for the home release of Total Recall, a recent remake of a shitty movie based on a pretty good story.

The words “Better than the original” drifted in block caps across the screen, superimposed over running, shooting, and explosions. Apparently, ‘better than the original’ was high enough praise from one reviewer to get the words plastered over the screen. “Better than a sharp stick in the eye,” is the colloquial translation. I expect watching the movie is also better than drinking battery acid. So, it’s pretty good, right?

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