"Who Gets Everything They Fantasize About?" Latest Trailer For 'Total Recall' Hints At Three-Boobed Alien

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by Edward Davis
June 27, 2012 8:02 PM
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"Tell us the fantasy, we'll give you the memory." Ah, the good old mind-trip vacation gone awry, we've certainly all been there. Depending on your point of view, Len Wiseman's "Total Recall" remake starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel might either look like a dark and entertaining thrill ride or well, potentially hysterical. Truthfully, while the aesthetics look rather impressive in a wannabe, contemporary "Blade Runner" sort of way, the the lie-within-the-lie narrative already looks like it could be extremely clunky or right on the nose. But we'll try and not write it off quite yet. 

Oh, and fans of the original version made in 1990 by Paul Verhoeven will obviously love the cheeky reference to the femme-alien with a third breast. Here's the official synopsis:

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife 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, the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter to find the head of the underground resistance 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 Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, John Cho, Bookeem Woodbine and Will Yun Lee, the film also distinctly shares some moods from "The Matrix" in tone and narrative, and arguably borrows some of its conceits. Will the "what's real and what's reality" sections of the film come off like a true twisty mindbender or is this just an action-thriller with some minor sci-fi food for thought? The jury's out, though the trailer is definitely slick enough that a certain demographic of the male populace are probably already sold. We're on the fence personally (with some of us not even on it), but you get to decide on August 3rd when "Total Recall" hits theaters.

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11 Comments

  • Huffy | June 28, 2012 7:13 AMReply

    Can't get over how bland everything looks. This is blue-screening at it's worst: instead of using CG to enhance environments they've just thrown a bunch of vaguely futuristic shit on the screen with no attempt at creative a believable city. The original's future may look hopelessly 80's (especially compared to something like Blade Runner, whose world is timeless in my opinion) but it has 1000 times the personality of this.

  • Arch | June 28, 2012 4:16 AMReply

    For those who didn't see this already a guy did a pretty neat comparison between the 1990 trailer and some 2012 footage on youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIduDF61WlM

  • Alan | June 28, 2012 3:52 AMReply

    I have a fantasy, which involves Hollywood turning away Les Wiseman, his impersonal and flat visuals, his fundamental misunderstanding of story structure and his pretty but talentless wife (her best role was as another hot thing that couldn't act). Some fantasies, though, are too outlandish ...

  • Alan | June 28, 2012 8:23 AM

    HUFFY. Oh, you mean when she got acted off the screen by Vera Farmiga and Sam Rockwell, respectively. She totally NAILED those roles. Yep, you sure owned me.

  • Edward Davis | June 28, 2012 8:09 AM

    Huffy, Beckinsale can act, but she does it far, few and between these days and ever since she married Wiseman it's like her talents almost vanished. And or at least, most of her choices have sucked.

  • Huffy | June 28, 2012 7:09 AM

    Sorry to be blunt but if you watched Nothing but the Truth or Snow Angels and still think Beckinsale is talentless then you don't know shit about acting. Not a fan but that statement is just stupid.

  • William Scherer | June 28, 2012 1:26 AMReply

    Looks like another Hollywood piece of crap! All special effects... no story.

  • Seeyaathepartyrichter | June 27, 2012 9:15 PMReply

    The final "money" shot in this trailer is awful, what is happening, a car is falling down on a dude? C'mon son, people need to learn from trailers Avengers and TDKR which show something that makes the film a must-see (That big snake thing Iron Man is bringing to the party or The Bat in action).

  • kingslayer | June 27, 2012 8:33 PMReply

    it's a shame this movie might have had a chance with a better cast, i mean farrell sucks and biel and beckinsale are great to look at but they can't act for shit

  • Mike | June 28, 2012 2:41 AM

    The director & production designer will likely be to blame for its potential failure, Colin Farrell is a great actor. Ondine, In Bruges, The Way Back, Triage, The New World, hell even Fright Night & Phone Booth for fun. He gets written off because of the era of his career when Hollywood tried to turn him into the next big star and caused overexposure in not so great movies. The man's a chameleon in serious films though.

  • pimp d. | June 27, 2012 11:47 PM

    Kingslayer, cmon' ! Colin Farrell is a solid actor . Look at this work in In Bruges, Tigerland, Fright Night, and Minority Report. Beckinsale is talented, but most of her film choices are horrid.

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