Last week we reported on the new teaser trailer for the first trailer (damn, that’s a stupid phrase) for the Len Wiseman Total Recall reboot, and while that teaser certainly had its visually striking moments, not much else could be seen beyond, you know, all the freaking words telling you to watch the real trailer later that week.
Well last night that first trailer was released, and now you can see if it was worth all the buildup.
And now that you’ve seen it, what do you think?
The trailer still makes me expect to see a red and blue truck change into giant robot with a big sword, but other than that, and considerably against my better judgement, I think it actually looks pretty cool. Now I chose my adjectives very carefully there, as with most Len Wiseman projects, it will most certainly be pretty and there will be definite moments of coolness (see the crazy spinning camera action sequence at the 1:05 mark in the trailer), but I still have my doubts as to whether we’ll see anything more than that.
From what I can see, the movie follows all the same story beats as the original right up until the point where Arnold Schwarzenegger gives himself a lobotomy through his right nostril and takes off for Mars. Now Mars has been left out of this version completely, but as any who’ve seen the original know, the red planet and it’s alien technology features quite heavily in the latter part of the film. I’d love to know what they changed to overcome this, as it is a bit concerning.
That said, I am getting a “Bourne in the Future” vibe from this one – which my geeky spider-sense tells me is a good thing – and with the usually reliable Farrell carrying this one, we might just be surprised.
Here’s the obligatory synopsis:
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.
There has been no official release date set for the film yet.
Last Updated: April 2, 2012