In five weeks time, and two weeks before Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the big screen for The Expendables 2, comes a remake of one of his most memorable films: Total Recall. The new adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” takes a vastly different approach in realizing a sci-fi dystopian near-future, dropping Mars and mutants in favor of a fight for land on a heavily polluted Earth.
The first Total Recall trailer caught our attention and re-familiarized us with the story of Douglas Quaid, while introducing the flashy new world created by director Len Wiseman and production designer Patrick Tatopoulos. The new Total Recall trailer however, simply aims to blow you away with more action, more spectacle and even more character bits.
Total Recall is about a man trying to find himself while questioning reality and the second Total Recall trailer – like the first one – again emphasizes Doug Quaid’s origins as a man seemingly living an ordinary life when one fateful day, he wanted to experience something more, something exciting, and got more than he bargained for.
The trailer highlights Quaid’s relationships with his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale) and best pal Harry (Bokeem Woodbine) who are not who they seem, before moving on to showcasing the impressive visuals and concepts of the film’s take on the future. There are shots featuring the unique aesthetics and cultures of both New Asia and the United Federation of Britain intermixed with plenty of action and a focus on tech, including our best look yet at the Synths (robotic police). They even threw in the three-breasted woman, something that would have been better served as a surprise for fans of the original.
The trailer looks impressive as it does exciting as an action thriller and we can only hope what we learned on our Total Recall set visit lends itself to a compelling story. Fore more details on the story, characters and world featured in Total Recall:
- Jessica Biel & Colin Farrell Interview.
- Toby Jaffe & Neal Moritz Interview.
- Welcome to Rekall: Detailing how Total Recall was made.
Total Recall stars Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke, John Cho and Bokeem Woodbine. It is directed by Len Wiseman off a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback.
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Total Recall opens in theaters August 3, 2012.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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