‘Total Recall’ Trailer Preview Teases Slick Futuristic Action [UPDATED]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated April 1st, 2012 at 3:49 pm,

colin farrell total recall teaser trailer Total Recall Trailer Preview Teases Slick Futuristic Action [UPDATED]

[UPDATE: Check out the full Total Recall teaser trailer.]

Following the release of a leaked Comic-Con sizzle reel “disguised” as a TV promo, we now have the first officially-sanctioned footage from the upcoming Total Recall: a project that is being billed as more a re-interpretation of Philip K. Dick’s original short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” – rather than a pure remake of RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven’s original adaptation (also titled Total Recall).

Unfortunately, that footage is all-too-brief and comes in the form of a teaser trailer… uh, teaser. Similar to the recent preview clips “announcing” the release of new trailers for such upcoming tentpole productions as Prometheus and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, this Total Recall promo only hints at greater things to come.

Check out the teaser trailer preview for the new Total Recall (followed by an official plot synopsis):

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.

These brief bits of Total Recall footage reveal such familiar sci-fi tropes as hovercars and vast, glistening, futuristic city landscapes that we’ve seen before in films like Judge Dredd and The Fifth Element, to name just a couple. Similarly, the clean digital look and somewhat over-the-top stunts/action teased here recall (no pun) that of director Len Wiseman’s previous work on the Underworld franchise. In other words, the new Total Recall doesn’t exactly appear to be anything that innovative or cutting-edge, from a visual perspective.

However, the main reason we included Total Recall as one of our Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 is because it promises to feature a better mix of sci-fi philosophical content and gritty action than your average sci-fi flick made nowadays does. For a better taste of that, though, we’ll have to wait for the actual teaser trailer – or the full-length theatrical promo, somewhere down the line.

Total Recall is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on August 3rd, 2012. Be sure to check back on Screen Rant this Sunday (April 1st), as that is when the film’s full teaser trailer is scheduled to be released online.

Source: Columbia Pictures

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  1. looks awesome!

  2. great. now we get trailer trailers. and a 15 sec commercial at the front of the 32 sec trailer trailer.


    Just release a REAL trailer and gimme my 47 seconds back!

    Looks good, tho. I can’t wait to see the trailer. fs.

    • Amen.

    • Trailer for the Trailer is a funny trend. But hey its free!

  3. Cant Wait!!!

  4. I don’t understand why so-called ‘remakes’ that are virtually, sometimes totally dissimilar and unrecognizable to the original is titled the same. (i.e., most recently 21 Jump Street).

    • Well I guess “Total Recall” is a catchier title than “We can remember it for you wholesale”, which some could argue it should be called.

    • It’s called name recognition. By reusing the title they hope people not familiar with the new movie or plot will at least remember the original one and go see it based on that fact alone.

  5. I’ll watch anything with Kate Beckinsale in it.

    • out of all of the comments listed here this is the only thing i concur with…Kate Beckinsale…

    • This was pretty much going to be my response.

    • I will not watch anything with Colin Farell in it. So it cancels out. I don’t know why studios still invest big money in his movies- the man is the kiss of death. He’s not charismatic or good-looking enough to be a romantic leading man (like Brad Pitt or George Clooney), not athletic enough to be a convincing action hero, not talented enough to be a serious dramatic actor, and not funny enough to be a comedic talent. He’s just mediocre in every way.

  6. Trailers for trailers. Wth. This is only so websites like these give these films for print time from earlier on.

  7. I don’t care if it is like the fifth element. That movie remains, to this day, as one of my top five sci-fi flicks. Plus the teaser looked awesome. Don’t forget it’s got two of the hottest chicks on the planet, maybe they’ll start wrestling, realize that their clothes are too constricting to wrestle in, call time out, take clothes off, continue wrestling, end up in a pudding factory, wrestle in chocolate pudding, realize that fighting each other is pointless (because they are in love with each other), cut to shower scene where they help each other wash pudding off their perky, tight, wet, glistening, bodies end scene:P now fill in the other 80 minutes with a bunch of hover car chases and laser shoot outs and you’ve got yourself a movie 😉

    • Get out of my head!!!!!!!!!!

      • Come on INK let your mind fall into sweet temptation 😉 @Dentist who needs hands when you’ve got speech recognition 8)

    • Lol – you’ve mastered the art of one-hand typing then, Yeti? 😛

    • i wonder will they keep the girl with the 3 (.)(.)(.)

      • They better have Benny! He’s got 5 kids to feed.

        • Funny, neither character was in the short story. Fact is the whole Mars thing that was in the 1990 movie wasn’t in the short story either… :/

  8. oh snap mang kate beckinsale is a super hot piece of @ss !!!! colin farell was a great choice to replace schwarzenegger mang , im really digging this movie , the original was great but can be improved upon imo

  9. This is to say the least a film I can accept as a remake

  10. It looks amazing & could be awesome if it’s not short & spends time quoting the original.

  11. “In other words, the new Total Recall doesn’t exactly appear to be anything that innovative or cutting-edge, from a visual perspective.”

    LOL! You make this judgement from 20 seconds of footage? Do you expect Total Recall not to have stunts, action sequences, explosions, etc.? As for the clean digital look, Wiseman is well known not to like CG. The two Underworld films he directed had very little CG in them. I guarantee you this will only use CG where absolutely necessary.

    • “this will only use CG where absolutely necessary”

      Like the sets, backdrops, weapons, flying cars, explosions, maybe severed limbs, Jessica Biel’s acting… yeah, next to nothing.

  12. Great trailer preview, it looks awesome.

    I didn’t watch the original movie but this can still be the worst remake ever.

    I just hope Hollywood wouldn’t remake other 80’s classic movies such as The Gremlins and The Goonies.

  13. I don’t know about this one. Have to wait for the actual trailer. This preview has shown me next to nothing, really.
    One thing that bugs me about this trailer’s trailer trend (nice one, skylordric) – you get so little and then it’s just content from the trailer anyway…

  14. hmm idk about this one may just watch it since kate beckinsale is in it =)

  15. It looks really slick, but, if you’re making a sci-fi tentpole film you better make it slick.
    Kate Beckinsale, i get it Len, you’re wife is hot.

  16. Total Remake is going to rock!

    • ‘Total Remake’ lol