I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Total Recall, and that’s largely because it mixed genuinely cool science fiction concepts — the alien ruins, psychic conjoined twins — with abject silliness and a generous helping of cheese. I genuinely love the core concept of never quite being sure where the fantasy stops and reality begins, and I think there’s enough meat there to sustain another cinematic stab at the material. I’m obviously not the only one, since the Total Recall remake is hitting theaters on August 2nd, starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, and Jessica Biel. But can it possibly be as fun as the original without the joyous cheese of Arnie, triple-breasted mutants, and eyeballs standing out on stalks?
Thankfully, Columbia Pictures is finally letting us get a look at the brand new trailer for Total Recall! Okay, actually, that’s not true. The trailer itself is going to premiere this Sunday. But in order to get people excited about the trailer reveal, they’ve released a teaser…for the trailer. That’s right, they’ve released a video to get people excited about the video that’s supposed to get people excited about the movie. On the upside: flying cars!
It’s definitely a slick trailer…er…trailer teaser…and I love the look of the world. They’ve obviously nixed the whole Mars element, instead keeping things Earthside and focusing on the core concept of a guy who begins to suspect that he’s a spy. But while it looks snazzy, it’s also being directed by Len Wiseman, whose resume doesn’t inspire loads of confidence. Either way, we’ll see more on Sunday when the full trailer premieres.