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May 21st, 2018

Total Recall Remake Trailer is Flashy

If only flashy was a compliment. I have seen the original Total Recall probably 30 times and to this day it is one of my favorite action sci-fi films of all time. Released in 1990 it starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside and was just great campy fun from start to finish.

The trailer for the remake which arrives this summer has arrived and unfortunately it appears to suffer from an identity crisis. The remake seems to think it is The Matrix and the only thing missing is Neo. Directed by Len Wiseman the remake stars Colin Farrell, the lovely Kate Beckinsale and the less then talented Jessica Biel. In a word this trailer suffers. Check it out below. Its a flashy trailer but it is not Total Recall and perhaps with a different name it might appeal but unfortunately in naming it Total Recall it craps on my memories of the original.

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


  1. Joe_HTH

    What the hell were you expecting you dumb bastard? The same exact film as the original, with the same exact visual style and tone? Jesus, out of all of the most retarded criticisms you could think of, that one takes the cake. If they just remade Arnold’s version scene for scene, with a new coat of paint, you’d be bitching about that.

    As for the original film, it was horribly overrated, B-movie shlock filled with atrocious dialogue, over the top performances, and horribly corny one-liners. Fun film, yes! A great film? Not even fucking close.

    I’d suggest you keep your ass home and skip this, because they’re making a film far closer to Dick’s story than Arnold’s ever was.

    • symbolset

      Maybe you could dial back the enthusiasm just a little.  Most folks aren’t used to this level of discourse in movie criticism. And maybe have that condition looked at by a pro.  /critic critic.

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