Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke
Director: Len Wiseman
Release Date: 3 August 2012
This was a movie I wasn’t really sure needed to be remade. The original was a classic movie released in 1990 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by Paul Verhoeven and loosely based on the short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. The special effects for that movie still hold up after 22 years. So why bother? Also, after reading that this version, starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel takes place entirely on earth and there is no trip to the planet Mars nor is there a reference to the red planet left me pretty bummed. However it needs to be noted that this version of Total Recall isn’t really a remake of the 1990 version but a retelling of the original story. In the original short story the main character, Douglas Quaid, wants to travel to Mars but in fact never actually goes to Mars in the story.
What turned my attitude around toward the project was reading more about the premise and how it sticks closer to the original source material. The original short story by Philip K. Dick is a story which deals with the theme of altered states of consciousness. This version of the story is more direct and upfront with the questions about what is real and what is imagined. The 1990 original was more ambiguous about the question of whether or not the events that were unfolding were actually occurring or were they all in the main character’s mind. Director Paul Verhoeven purposely kept the movie ambiguous allowing the matter to remain unresolved.
In this version of the film Colin Farell is a factory work in the year 2084 and begins having nightmares about himself being a double agent but not knowing which side he is fighting for; either Euroamerica (the union of the United States and Europe) or New Shanghai (the union of China and Japan). Colin also starts to suspect that he’s a spy whose memory and personality were erased and replaced. The trailer and its depiction of the future, something which I am very curious about, also helped me turn my attitude around about this project. The movie is very well made and it looks like one of those movies you can escape into. While I am not always keen on dystopian views of the future this movie does look intriguing and interesting to me so I am going to give it a chance.
Posted on May 11, 2012, in Captain's Log..., Coming soon.... and tagged 1990, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, Colin Farrell, Ethan Hawke, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Len Wiseman, Paul Verhoeven, Philip K. Dick, Summer Movies 2012, Total Recall, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.