Total Recall – Totally Rebooted

Total Recall – Totally Rebooted

"A budget of $200 million will no doubt make everything about this film look very pretty, regardless of how intelligent the screenplay is."

As seems to be the case with all movies that became cult classics in the last few decades, 1990’s Total Recall is getting a reboot.  The new film will feature the same basic storyline, complete with memory problems, spies and an entertainment company named Rekall which dredges up the main character’s past and causes him a host of problems.  What the new film will not include is the planet Mars, freaky mutants and a girl with three boobs.  Like the original, this new version is loosely (very loosely) based on Philip K. Dick’s story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.

In the new version, we may get the chance to see a more mature rendering of Dick’s brainchild.  The world is a future dystopia where spies from the national entities formerly known as the United States and China battle it out.  Colin Farrell will be taking over the Governator’s role as Dennis Quaid, joining forces with a freedom fighter to keep himself alive and battle the evils

 of government.

Director Len Wiseman takes over the helm of this new flick, which has me a bit worried about the end results.  With films such as Underworld being his main claim to fame, I’m expecting the opportunities for social and political commentary will be limited in favor of explosive actions scenes.  While Wiseman’s work may be entertaining to watch, in the end it’s mainly eye candy.

A budget of $200 million will no doubt make everything about this film look very pretty, regardless of how intelligent the screenplay is.  Release of the new Total Recall is currently set for August of 2012.