If Max had successfully uploaded the list, Ethan would have enjoyed his newfound freedom for about five seconds before his bosses arrested him for Super Treason. Although, being taken into custody would have given Ethan enough time to realize that he could've easily put together a decoy NOC list filled with fake names and have Max's contacts waste days chasing Agents Seymour Butts and Hugh Jass.
Total Recall (2012): Cohaagen Just Plain Forgets a Vital Plot Element They Left Out of the Remake
In the 2012 remake of Total Recall, the beloved sci-fi classic about a three-breasted Martian prostitute, evil chancellor Cohaagen is fighting a pesky resistance movement that opposes his rule. To take them out, he erases the memory of his former top spy, Hauser, sets him up with a new identity as a factory worker named "Douglas Quaid," and even provides him with a fake wife named Lori. Now a seemingly normal working stiff, Cohaagen orchestrates events so that Quaid-Hauser gets involved with the resistance and unknowingly leads him to their leader, Matthias, whom Cohaagen promptly shoots.
Making it still the least convoluted Philip K. Dick adaptation.
Lori, Quaid's fake wife who is really one of Cohaagen's agents, isn't in on the plan at all. That's why when Quaid discovers his entire life is a lie, Lori immediately tries to murder him, even though her boss totally needs the guy alive.
"Goddammit, Lori! Could you at least try to check your work email once in a while
so shit like this stops happening?"
Only after Quaid escapes the assassination attempt does Cohaagen tell his employee: "See that guy? Don't kill that guy. I need that guy. My bad, probably should've mentioned that before."
Lori knows she's an agent -- Quaid isn't psychic. She doesn't need to be kept in the dark to preserve the plan. But if for some reason Cohaagen doesn't want her to know, he could have just said, "Oh, and don't murder the guy in his sleep." The best bosses leave clear instructions, Cohaagen. Speaking of psychics: in the original film, there actually is a logical reason for Cohaagen's stupidly complicated plan: the leader of the resistance is a psychic mutant. In fact, the entire resistance is full of mind-reading psychics, so the less people who know about Cohaagen's plan, the better. In the remake, however, Matthias is neither a mutant nor a psychic. In fact, there are no mutants or psychics in the film at all.
With three ridiculous exceptions.
Yep, the movie just plain forgot that it removed basically the entire impetus for the whole memory-erasing plot in the first place.
Robin Warder is the co-owner of a pop culture website called The Back Row and worked on a sci-fi short film called Jet Ranger of Another Tomorrow.
For more movies that pulled fast ones over us, check out 5 Gaping Plot Holes Hollywood Knows You Won't Notice and 5 Movies That Cause Gaping Plot Holes in Their Own Sequels.
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