With the release of Total Recall just over a month away, Columbia Pictures is opening the promotional floodgates. There have been theatrical trailers, viral posters and websites, and now the second TV spot for the sci-fi actioner has been released.
The commercial asks the question, what is real, what is Rekall? Some may say that the real question is all of this is what is new in director Len Wiseman’s remake, and what is recycled from Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 original? If you’ve seen the theatrical trailer, or the viral video that compares footage of the two films side by side, you may ask yourself the same question. There are shocking similarities between Total Recall 1990 and Total Recall 2012. Sure they’re both based on the same Philip K. Dick short story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” but still. Hopefully they’ll keep the bit where Doug Quaid pulls the tracking device out of his nose. That scene is gold.
You can’t help but worry that this new Total Recall will be one of those movies that takes itself so seriously that it isn’t any fun. Verhoeven’s film was violent and action heavy, but it also had a sly sense of humor, like most of his films of that era.
Total Recall follows factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell). Dissatisfied with his life, he goes to Rekall, a company that will implant false memories into your mind, making you think you’re a professional athlete, movie star, or that you banged a supermodel. Whatever fantasy you have, they make come true, in a manner of speaking. Something goes wrong with the procedure, and Quaid finds himself in the middle of a high-octane battle for the world.
Total Recall opens August 3rd, and co-stars Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, Bokeem Woodbine, and Bryan Cranston.