When it first got announced that they were going to remake Paul Verhoeven’s action/sci-fi classic Total Recall, the collective groans of film fans could be heard the world over. If there was ever an action movie full of iconic imagery and quotable lines that didn’t need to be sullied, it was that Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring original. This remake was going to star a pipsqueak like Colin Farrell instead of a mountain of muscle like Arnie, nobody was going to be getting their asses to Mars, and there wasn’t even any confirmation that it would include a three-boobed hooker. Who needed it?
Well, after watching the first full-length trailer, I’d say that anybody who’s ever been a fan of adrenaline pumping action, jaw dropping special effects, sprawling future cities, the feminine wiles of Kate Beckinsale or Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston acting grizzled, guns, explosions, or Stormtroopers needs this movie.
Check out the trailer and be blown away:
Bottom line, this looks like some large scale, intricately designed, impressively pulled off, blockbuster action/sci-fi work that’s going to have everyone losing their collective minds once it’s projected onto the big screen. Nothing in Len Wiseman’s career has hinted at the fact that he could pull off anything as big in scope and visually astounding as the stuff in this trailer. I’m almost ready to forgive him for all that bad CG in Live Free or Die Hard already.
Yeah, Cohaagen might not need to give the people air, and this movie might have flying cars instead of Johnny Cabs, but if the finished product is able to live up to the select clips from this trailer, it’s not likely that anybody is going to be thinking about the original as they’re cheering and fist pumping their way through it. No, if the film lives up to the promise of this first trailer, cinema geeks are going to be proud to set it right next to the original on the shelf where they keep their movie collection.
And, for the record, Len Wiseman told Collider last summer that this thing was even going to have its own three-boobed hooker. All we need now is confirmation that it’s also going to have a machine gun-wielding midget hooker and we can start officially calling Total Recall the most anticipated movie of the summer.