If a 30-second preview didn’t satiate any thirst for Total Recall, Apple is here to help you out. With this first trailer, we’re given a surprisingly extensive look at the controversial, Len Wiseman-directed remake, Philip K. Dick inspiration and all. Plot-wise, this looks rather similar to Paul Verhoeven‘s original – something a non-fan like myself cringes at – though the environments and character moments bear at least a little more promise. (For instance, the use of a female as the primary villain could lend some fresh air. Well, could.) Here’s hoping the final result is a little bit more of its source material and a lot less more of the previous incarnation.
Watch it below:
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.
Also starring Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Bill Nighy and Ethan Hawke, Total Recall opens on August 3rd.
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