Total Recall (2012)

Adapted from the story, “We can Remember it for You Wholesale” by Phillip K Dick,and Directed by Len Wiseman I would like to see The remake of the film Total Recall, which is Out 22 August 2012 and stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale. I thought the 1990 version was great fun, even if it did deviate from the original story somewhat and I have reservations about how good this one is going to be but I would like to see before I make my mind up.

Colin Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a blue-collar factory worker of the future and self-described “nobody”, who one day pays to have false memories implanted into his brain in order to relieve the drabness of his life, unfortunately as a result of this procedure he soon finds himself involved in sinister government plots, gunfights, kidnapping, turncoat girlfriends, flying-car chases, electro-lassos, and the viewer is not sure whether the events are actually happening or rather the trippy result of false-memory insertion.

Kate Beckinsale, wife of director Wiseman, takes on the baddie-wife role originally played by Sharon Stone. Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston pop up in support. With ex-governor Schwarzenegger reportedly planning a return to acting, we wouldn’t bet against some sort of cameo here either.

Stirring the original concept with elements of Minority Report and Memento, Recall redux could well be the summer’s dark-horse hit.(or possibly dark horse**** if some of Farrell’s other films are anything to go by 🙂  If you prefer, you can also watch a digitally restored copy of the original 1990 version of TOTAL RECALL, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger Rachael Ticotin and Sharon Stone which was released on 16 July 2012.

Phillip K.Dick wrote A few classic Sci-Fi novels including “Minority Report” which was a sort of sequel to “We can Remember it for You Wholesale” as well as “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” which was successfully adapted as the absolutely brilliant “Blade Runner” so  I would also like to read all of his books as well as watch the movies.

I have a horrible feeling that the remake will fail like the John Carter movie did,( I still can’t understand why that  did so badly, I thought that the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novels were all great fun and I am still mystified why the movie wasn’t more successful.) Still If they approach it like a downbeat dystopian nightmare future world it should become a cult classic

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