Second ‘Total Recall’ Trailer Is Awfully Familiar

Written by on June 28, 2012 

Remember when everyone behind the new Total Recall promised a concurrent divergence from Paul Verhoeven‘s film and, more importantly, faithfulness toward Philip K. Dick‘s short story? While the first trailer put that method into question, a second preview all but confirms what most suspected from the start: They’re just doing this movie over again.

Look, I have no real passion for the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer (blasphemy, etc.), so they can do whatever they want with it and I’d sit back unfazed. But this just looks too familiar, like a beat-for-beat remake of something that didn’t work for me the first time around — the three-breasted woman even makes an appearance, for whatever reason. I can recognize some nice art direction, a couple of possibly fun performances (Bryan Cranston, in particular), and what might even be a decent action scene or two. Yet it doesn’t amount to anything more than a shrug.

Watch the trailer below (via Yahoo!):


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.”

Total Recall opens on August 3rd.

Has this second preview left you convinced, or does Total Recall look too much like Verhoeven’s film?

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