In Total Recall (2012), the invasion is reported throughout the colony with a TV-announcement that thousands of troops have boarded The Fall. The governor declares a state of emergency and orders evacuation.

Why didn't the colony destroy The Fall before Cohagen had a chance to dock? It seems to me they could have disabled/destroyed the station/the tunnel and the invasion would have been unable to land.

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    Traversing the tunnel only take 17 minutes. That's not a lot of time to come up with (and execute) a defense.
    – Oliver_C
    Nov 10, 2012 at 15:18
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    And Cohagen did obviously have some troops in the colony. I mean, it's a colony. Nov 11, 2012 at 3:36
  • It seems like a bag of explosives was all it needed. Nov 20, 2012 at 5:21

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I think there are reasons not to destroy the fall.

  1. The colony was a colony to UFB. So there was always some soldiers who were present in the colony and with whom the inhabitants of the colony was of no match in fight (Like Lori and the cyborgs). We have seen how much the dwellers there fear them. That is why terrorist groups of special persons were formed to fight the UFB soldiers.

  2. @Oliver_c s logic is also quite true. Within 17 minutes it was hard to destroy a thing like The fall. I mean common it isn't a toy.

  3. Another reason might be, we have seen that the troops can go to deadliest places like where Matthias lived by not using the fall. that means only destroying the fall cant stop them.

  4. I also think, if they had destroyed the fall, this could be more dangerous to themselves as they were in every way dependent on UFB. They could not survive on themselves.

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