Here's the trailer for the new Total Recall

The trailer for that Total Recall remake you didn't ask for has just been released, and with a reported budget of $200 million, you know there are special effects galore. Like Paul Verhoeven's 1990 original, the new film is based on the Philip K. Dick novelette "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," and was directed by Len Wiseman, whose last movie was 2007's Live Free or Die Hard

Taking over the Arnold Schwarzenegger role (which seems like sacrilege), Colin Farrell plays factory worker Douglas Quaid, whose life is thrown upside down after he decides to take a "virtual vacation" at a mysterious place called Rekall, where fantasies are implanted as memories. Taking over the Sharon Stone role as Quaid's wife is Kate Beckinsale (who's conveniently married to the director), and Rachel Ticotin's freedom-fighting prostitute Melina is now played by the luscious Jessica Biel. 

The film is still set in the year 2084, but this time there's no Mars. Instead, two nation states — Euromerica and New Shanghai — rule the world, vying against one another for ultimate power. Promisingly, the dictatorial Euromerican Chancellor, Vilos Cohaagen, is portrayed by Bryan Cranston, so there's that. The reboot also apparently deals with more overtly political themes than the first film.

Judging by the trailer, the new Total Recall appears to be sleeker and darker, and with all the holograms and hover cars, one can't help but be reminded of The Fifth Element and Minority Report (also based on a Dick story). It's nice to see they kept the iconic Rekall chair, but, of course, there's no replacing Ah-nold's Pumping Iron o-face. The cast also includes Bill Nighy, John Cho, Bokeem Woodbine, Ethan Hawke, and, yes, a three-breasted woman. The movie hits theaters August 3.

Commentarium (6 Comments)

Apr 02 12 - 1:41am
mmm

Trailer seems to provide the entire narrative of the original without Mars. I fail to see why I should pay to see this when I have the original on DVD. What will this remake provide other than updated special effects, especially considering the story seems to replicate the structure of the original so slavishly.

Apr 02 12 - 7:24am
MG

Get ready for a surprise!

Apr 02 12 - 10:02am
MRI

Like.

Apr 02 12 - 7:51am
atedzos fanatique;

Phil K Dick rules. 'Nuff said.

Apr 02 12 - 7:50pm
nerkums

GET YEH ASS TAH MAHS GET YEH ASS TAH MAHS GET YEH ASS TAH MAHS GET YEH ASS TAH MAHS

Seriously though, is Mars even in this movie? Whatevs.

Apr 14 12 - 1:21pm
LH

Sorry but they just shouldn't call this Total Recall. It just isn't. I saw NO mutants in a sewer-like place. "GIVE DEES PEOPLE AIR!" Just can't beat that.