Sunday, 1 April 2012

Total Recall (2012): Trailer for the remake / new adaption...

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So here’s a first “official” look at the film that is causing a stir in the “I hate remakes” crowd. It didn’t help that there were originally mixed messages coming out about the intention of the film. At first it was touted as a new adaptation of the famous short story by Phillip K Dick ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’. Then it was a remake of the Paul Verhoeven’s flashy 1990 film. Now it appears to be a combination of the two, although if you read the studio synopsis below you’ll feel like they are  trying to say their original “adaptation of the original source, not remake of the movie / movie screenplay” held was back in effect.

“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.”

So where do you stand. Given the drastic increase in personal technology and the current state of world affairs, is time right for a new take on this tale? Are there sufficient people around who have never heard of Total recall and don’t really care that much about the other film anyway? It has been 22 years since that one was out and whilst it is certainly beloved by many, it isn’t 2001 or The Terminator. Colin Farrell was one of the co-stars of the excellent Minority Report; he and the studio will be hoping that this film can do similar business. Minority Report made $358.4m back in 2002, which likely equates to more like $470m - $500m worth of ticket sales today: Although if the “alleged” shooting budget of $200m is accurate, they’ll be looking for more than that.

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