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.