Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake is almost upon us. The sci-fi action thriller hits theaters this Friday, August 3rd, but that doesn’t mean the marketing department is sitting back, resting on its haunches. Oh no, a pair of new TV spots—one international, one domestic—have found their way on line. Just in case you forgot this was happening, these commercials will make you remember.
This first video is the international offering. Longer than the other, this focuses more on mood and action than plot or characters. There is a great deal of running, jumping, shooting, fighting, and hover-car chasing, all accompanied by loud, ominous tones. Watching this helps solidify my speculation that Wiseman’s attempt to make a movie out of Philip K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale is going to be wall-to-wall action. If this Total Recall is going to differentiate itself from Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 original it is going to be because of the tempo and pace.
The US spot looks more familiar. Also heavy on the action, this blurb, much like the rest of the Total Recall marketing, makes the story look exactly like Verhoeven’s film, only with more explosions. More explosion is never a bad thing, but will that be enough to make fans forget the original?
Total Recall is the story of Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), a run-of-the-mill factory worker. Bored with his ho-hum life, he ventures into Rekall, a company that implants false memories into your brain to spice up your droll little existence. Only something goes wrong. Quaid’s hot wife (Kate Beckinsale) tries to kill him, he befriends a sexy lady rebel fighter (Jessica Biel), and he finds himself embroiled in an underground battle against a corrupt government led by a shady politician (Bryan Cranston).
There was a lot of speculation about whether or not this PG-13 version of Total Recall would feature the iconic three-breasted woman from the first film. It will. But my latest question is, will Wiseman’s film feature Kuato, the little Chuky-looking mutant attached to Marshall Bell’s chest in Verhoeven’s film? Bill Nighy plays a Kuato-esque leader of the resistance, but so far there haven’t been any hints about whether or not he has a little dude growing out of his belly. Guess we’ll just have to wait until Friday to find out.
In the meantime, however, you can amuse yourself with this Kuato meme generator. Knock yourselves out.