I remember talking to Director Paul Verhoeven, back in 1990, about his new Sci-Fi film called Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone. I loved that film so a new version obviously intrigues me.
The 1990 film and this new film are based on a Philip K Dick story. He also wrote the short stories that the films Blade Runner (1982) and Minority Report (2002) were based.
This time it is Len Wiseman who gets to direct and play with Dick’s short story. It stars Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale and time will obviously tell if this take on the story is as good and successful as the last. The trailer at least looks promising.
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 Recall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories.
For a factory worker named Douglas Quad (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 life 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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US and Canada release August 3, 2012
UK release August 22, 2012
Australia release September 6, 2012
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