It is fair to say, judging from the trailers at least, Len Wiseman’s adaptation/remake of Total Recall does not go down the Paul Verhoeven route, apart from a basic premise and the prostitute with three hooters. Neither does it feature a lumbering Austrian. More an Irishman who hasn’t quite ever delivered on the promise exhibited in such films as Tigerland (2000) or In Bruges (2008). He was good, though, in last year’s Fright Night (actually, he was the best thing in it).
Total Recall (2012) pitches itself as a sci-fi actioner and doesn’t look as funny as Verhoeven’s original. There’s no Johnny Cab, no trip to Mars, no one-liners or crazy Rob Bottin special effects. But don’t let that convince you it’ll be pants. Because it looks pretty cool!
This new flick stars Mr. Farrell as the new Doug Quaid alongside Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy and Ethan Hawke. Total Recall opens in UK cinemas 22nd August and 3rd August in the USA. Watch the new UK trailer below, yo!
Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.
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