So far everything we’ve seen from Columbia Pictures’ Len Wiseman (Underworld) directed Total Recall continues to remain consistent with my early thoughts that it looks okay, but doesn’t have the arch sense of irony or inventiveness that the 1990 Paul Verhoeven original had. These new stills continue that trend. It just looks polished, monochromatic and flat. Not necessarily bad, but not necessarily my thing either. Still, hard not to like Jessica Biel in the Rachel Ticotin part.
In theaters August 3, “ ‘Total Recall’ is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.”
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