I absolutely hated Columbia Pictures’ trailer for Total Recall, the Len Winseman-directed remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi horror adventure starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that will open in theaters August 3. Every time I see footage I crumble a little bit and think to myself, “Why make this, especially now that they’re not on Mars?”
There’s something to be said about my reaction, unless Tristar’s original 1990 trailer is just as bad. What am I talking about? Well, CinestirTV discovered that whomever edited together the trailer for this summer’s redo created a version that’s a (nearly) shot-for-shot rehash of Verhoeven’s vision.
EDIT: It appears that CinestirTV re-edited the original trailer to match the remake trailer. But the point remains that both have the roughly same content, and the aesthetics of the original are much more interesting. It’s also a hearty reconfirmation that the new Total Recall is indeed a remake of the earlier film, and not a re-adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s book as some have suggested.
Could it be that, even though it’s the exact same shots, Len Wiseman’s creative choices quite simply just suck? Well, yes. The above video is more than just an interesting display of a studio attempting to lift from the original’s palette, it’s video evidence that a modern reenactment, featuring modern FX, can still be more visually unappealing than a movie made over 20 years ago!
I find this to be one of the most interesting videos of the year. What do you guys think?!