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Watch: Brief First Footage Arrives From Colin Farrell-Starring 'Total Recall' Remake

by Oliver Lyttelton
March 15, 2012 11:13 AM
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Total Recall

It's going to be a competitive summer for everyone, as we've detailed in the past, but few films have a tougher fight ahead of them than Sony's "Total Recall." A remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action sci-fi picture that's beloved by geeks everywhere, the new version has exchanged visionary helmer Paul Verhoeven for the much less popular Len Wiseman ("Underworld," "Live Free and Die Hard"), and toplines the still-unproven-as-a-box-office-draw Colin Farrell, rather than Arnie. Not to mention it's going head to head at the box office with "The Bourne Legacy," which is after an identical demographic.

Marketing on the film has been quiet so far, with only a few leaked images getting out, but finally some footage has arrived at The Film Stage, in the form of what seems to be some kind of Taiwanese Comic-Con spot (or something) for the picture. And while brief, what there is of it has not exactly made us feel that much more optimistic about the project; Wiseman has swapped the bonkers Mars setting for something left over from unused concept drawings from "Minority Report," and traded Verhoeven's sure hand for CGI-aided camera moves.

Still, the film's got a strong cast, with Farrell (certainly a better actor than Schwarzenegger) joined by Jessica Biel, the director's missus Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston (as villain Cohaagen), Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke, Bokeem Woodbine and a crazy wigged John Cho, and the script got a polish from "Zodiac" writer James Vanderbilt, so hopefully there's reason for optimism. We're sure a full trailer will be along sooner rather than later, and "Total Recall" will arrive on August 3rd. Watch the clip below.

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  • Nolan | March 15, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    see you at the party, Richter.

  • Eddie Murphy's Tranny | March 15, 2012 8:42 PMReply

    This looks fucking shit.

  • geha714 | March 15, 2012 7:21 PMReply

    Looking forward to this.

  • Billy | March 15, 2012 6:19 PMReply

    This unfinished footage looks wonderful to me. This movie is going to be a great ride.

  • evilnik | March 15, 2012 4:08 PMReply

    Looks shit. seriously shit. The Arnie vehicle is, yes, dated and hammed up cheesy, but was tons and tons of fun.

  • Joe | March 15, 2012 2:15 PMReply

    Oh please, spare me the bullshit descriptions of Paul Verhoeven. The man was a hack who made far more shit than he ever made good. As for this footage, it's the exact same rough, unfinished footage shown at last year's Comic-Con. There is nothing official about this footage. What is there looks better than anything in Arnold's B-Grade shlock.

  • Anthoney | March 15, 2012 2:11 PMReply

    What's your problem man? what's with the heating?

  • tom | March 15, 2012 11:47 AMReply

    fright night was so rad

  • bunty | March 15, 2012 11:25 AMReply

    Christ, that looks low-rent. Farrell had such a good run of getting back into good graces, and then he did Fright Night and this back-to-back. He really does need a better agent.

  • Joe | March 15, 2012 2:18 PM

    Shut it you tool. Arnold's film was far more low-rent than what is show here, with it's awful D-grade acting, cheesy one liners, horrendous dialogue, and dated looking effects. Hell, Star Wars in 1977 had far superior effects than Total Recall which was made 13 years later.

  • Michael Bay | March 15, 2012 11:36 AM

    Fright Night was AWESOME

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