Total Recall Remake Trailer Remembers Things Differently

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Total Recall Remake Trailer Remembers Things Differently

Columbia hopes the new Total Recall trailer will get asses into theater seats.

The way I see it, the new Total Recall film is just a few steps from greatness. All it needs now is Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a mutant hooker with three boobs and some good old fashioned special effects, and it will be nothing short of super-awesome!

What's that? There's none of that stuff is in this movie? It's all CGI? No Sharon Stone? No Benny? No Richter? In what bizarre universe is a Total Recall movie without Richter even remotely conceivable? Not that I'm one to rush to judgment, of course, and I'm certainly not going to call it a CGI-laden crapfest just because it's laden with generic-looking CGI and... well, best not to go too far down that road.

In all seriousness, I have no idea if this film will be any good or not and so much has changed - they don't even go to Mars! - that comparisons are almost irrelevant. They're also inevitable, but as much fun as it is to go off half-cocked on the internet, we should wait until we have more than this to go on before we really start flinging them around. Total Recall - the new one, not the good one - is slated to hit screens in August of this year. See you at the party, Richter!

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I don't know why but the look and feel to it remind of Deux Ex: HR. Either way the trailer does make it look good but I'm only sold if it get good reviews.

Really?

I thought the original was a mediocre action flick, and that the new trailer shows promise. I doubt it's going to be great (why the hell do we need to keep remaking existing films, anyway?) but I think Andy either has a distorted view of the original or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

This movie looks pretty damn generic...that is all I can say...

Looks like it might be a decent futuristic generic action movie. But it's no Total Recall remake.

Seems like they're taking more information from Philip K. Dicks' work then the 80s version did...it's probably only called Total Recall because 'Overdrawn at the Memory Bank' is less dramatic.

Oh for fucks sakes, what is with remakes and making things gritty? I'll stick with the Arnie film.

They're remaking Minority Report already??? Damn Hollywood, way to really drive home the fact you've definately run out of ideas.

Metal Brother:
Really?

I thought the original was a mediocre action flick, and that the new trailer shows promise. I doubt it's going to be great (why the hell do we need to keep remaking existing films, anyway?) but I think Andy either has a distorted view of the original or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

because it a viable source of money execs know how much a movie made and also know they wont have to invest heavily in a "new" story so if a mediocre or crap movie i.e. transformers (first 1 that came to mind) it gets remade even tho there is no reason to do a remake/reboot

So:

Basicially Cerberus is hunting Colin Farrel (to give the Reapers some Irish charm?) and by some kind of trans dimensional doohickey they've all ended up in Minority Report a few years after Captain Anderton turned the world to shit by disproving pre-crime's reliability.

Begs the question, when is Commander Shepard going to jump in with Seth Green in tow to rescue and recruit old Colin? That is a movie I'd pay to see...

Me: Where's Mars? Mars?
Columbia Pictures: I'm not familiar with that address

before watching the trailer "it will be dark and gritty with standard dark and gritty ominous music but i wonder how much of the orignal movie will be left

after watching the trailer.. "apparently nothing"

actually an honest question for everyone. when do you guys think the dark and gritty bubble will burst for tv and movies?

Can we stop calling this a "Total Recall remake"? It's not. It's another movie based on Dick's original. Whether that's "better" or "worse" than being a remake is up for debate. Personally, I would've liked them to go to Mars...

It's like, when the Cohen brothers' True Grit came out, that was not a remake, that was just another movie based on the same source material as the John Wayne version.

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nikki191:
actually an honest question for everyone. when do you guys think the dark and gritty bubble will burst for tv and movies?

Hopefully never. *loves me some dark and gritty*

I bet their hooker will have four boobs.

wait so they don't go to mars? Whats the point then...?

Sis:
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That would set back the medium of crappy remakes by a DECADE!

I'm saving up all my reboot criticism for the new Robocop, though I'm sure Total Recall will try really hard to ruin my day.

Scarim Coral:
I don't know why but the look and feel to it remind of Deux Ex: HR. Either way the trailer does make it look good but I'm only sold if it get good reviews.

What I saw reminded me more of a new Syndicate game, it was bad! Also, I'm not seeing from the trailer how one could call this movie a remake! It looks just as far from the original Total Recall as the latter was from the original Philip K. Dicks' story.

It's not going to be same without the gore :(

For a film that is not going the same direction as the original (as in, not to mars) they sure have borrowed a lot of dialog from the source.

BTW, This is a pretty good take on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgkHKBO5b5U

Azuaron:
Can we stop calling this a "Total Recall remake"? It's not. It's another movie based on Dick's original. Whether that's "better" or "worse" than being a remake is up for debate. Personally, I would've liked them to go to Mars...

It's like, when the Cohen brothers' True Grit came out, that was not a remake, that was just another movie based on the same source material as the John Wayne version.

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nikki191:
actually an honest question for everyone. when do you guys think the dark and gritty bubble will burst for tv and movies?

Hopefully never. *loves me some dark and gritty*

This is what I was thinking. I think they've shot themselves in the foot by sharing the name with the Arnie classic - it's only going to lead to negative comparisons for lovers of good ol' arnie cheese and negative impressions from people who weren't a fan of Arnie films in the first place. Who wins? No one, by the looks of things. The films looks like it's taking cues from iRobot and Minority Report, which is fine (if a little forgettable), and that city's architect has spent too much time watching Fifth Element (or would that be just long enough?), but they would perhaps have done better emphasising it as being based on the book by Philip K Dick rather than by trying to slip in as a remake that has just a single connection to the original.

Then again, if it thought it could stand on its own then presumably it would have done so - a thought that doesn't fill me with confidence about this film's merits...

Have I been desensitized or does this whole trailer remind you of Mass Effect? Like, years before discovering the archives and Charon relay Mass Effect?

I am for anything that distracts from the crap-tastic Arnold film, and I'm loving the irony that people are complaining about this film not being an accurate representation of the "original" when the "original" they remember was an inaccurate representation of the real original.

But it's the Internet and nerdz gotta hate or something. But seriously? You're going to complain about the absence of the 3-boob mutant? I saw that movie back when I was actually going into puberty, back in the pre-Internet days when we had to work to see our naughty bits. I had up to that point no memory of seeing a female breast in my life, and even then I knew it looked like a terrible tacked-on hunk of plasticine.

Good riddance.

Still haven't watched the original, and this looks like it has potential.

Well Arnie's not impressed:

seriously, make a film set in the future man doesn't know who he is, fights alot, solves a problem and gets the girl and call it something else!

I'm just amazes that the irony has escaped hollywood, in remaking 'Total Recall' while managing to forget so much of what made the original good :)

As other's have said, if you're going to change enough of it, just give it a new title. Not like Total Recall was the name of the book.

Blind Sight:
Seems like they're taking more information from Philip K. Dicks' work then the 80s version did...it's probably only called Total Recall because 'Overdrawn at the Memory Bank' is less dramatic.

Don't you mean "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"?

Anyway, I loved the original Phillip K. Dick story. I've always felt that "Ah-nold" film was utter shit. I've never been a fan of Paul Verhoeven's adaptations. In my eyes, he's responsible for taking some of the better sci-fi stories ever written and turning them into awful, B-grade schlock; often with half-assed socio-politic "statements" crowbarred in. He ruined "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (Total Recall)" and he ruined "Starship Troopers".

Therefore any "remake" of Total Recall, even if it does turn out to be just another "generic summer sci-fi action flick", will be better in my eyes than that abortion of a film Verhoeven made.

Here's hoping this one's closer to the book. Which, at first blush, it seems to be the case, even if they're seemingly removing the whole "Mars" aspect of it. Likewise, I've high hopes for the "Starship Troopers" remake. By all accounts, it seems they're aiming to adhere to the novel's version of the story rather than Vehoevens.

anyone else think of this while watching the trailer?

If loss of memory is the main selling point of the film, boy is this going to be shit.
The only things people remembered about the original have been removed leaving a very forgettable movie

It seems like the film is playing a lot more on the "Is this all a dream?" aspect that was only an unspoken implication in the first film but seems to be a matter of fact in this one.

In any case, the original kicked all of the balls. It's easily Arnold's best collection of inappropriate one-liners.

You know what this looks like? This looks like a "Nolanized" version of Total Recall. Grim, gritty, humourless, no girls allowed serious business.

I know it's just a matter of taste, but I prefer the insane, camp, over the top action films that don't try to take themselves too seriously.

Well, it doesn't look bad to me and I love the original. It also has Kate Beckinsale in a major role. That fact alone, for me anyway, sells it for me. :)

I'm actually kind of curious since they seem to be following the original story more closely.

But, yeah, the three breasted hooker is a visual that will probably never be forgotten. And Arnie saying 'Get Your Ass To Mars.'

The 'Bourne discovering his killer moves' on a room full of soldiers pointing their guns at him instead of two unwary policemen late at night made me laugh hard.

I think people are reading too much into the word "remake". It's nothing more than a movie using the same opening premise; a guy who's bored with his life signs-up for a virtual reality program called "Recall" that lets him live-out whatever life he wants, only to have the office get raided right as it starts-up because apparently (or maybe just in the fantasy reality) he was a secret agent who's memory was wiped.

Now, I can agree that calling it a "remake" when only the first 15 minutes worth of plot is the same was a poor choice in wording; they probably felt that "reboot" was a weird label for something that was just one movie, rather than a series.

I think it looks good... kinda like Bourne in the future.
I haven't seen the original though.

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