Total Recall gets a first official synopsis

Nobody will be getting their ass to Mars

Sony have released a first official synopsis for their forthcoming Total Recall remake, and despite the confirmation that Mars will not feature in this version of the story, it still doesn’t sound like much of a departure from the original.

Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory,” begins the blurb, “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.”

So there you have it, then. Directed by Underworld: Evolution’s Len Wiseman, it sounds as though this Farrell-starring version of the story will still be an entertaining sci-fi thriller. However, we can’t envisage watching it without pining for Arnie at his gurning, dialogue-mangling best.

Total Recall opens in the UK on 22 August 2012. 

Will you be going to see the remake, or would you rather they left well alone? Tell us, below.


    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 17th 2012, 9:23

      Erm.... it's exactly the same. Pffft, what a waste of time

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    • garyu2

      Jan 17th 2012, 10:03

      Colin Farrell, Jessia Biel, Bill Nighy.... Jesus. Kill me now! Sounds terrible. Pointless remake of a brilliant action movie (that dosent look dated!).

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    • JamieTSB

      Jan 17th 2012, 10:30

      I'm not sure I understand why they are remaking / rebooting / refitting / refurbishing / re-roofing or whatever else it is they are attempting. I didn't really enjoy the Underworld films; they were pretty bland in my opinion ( I apologise if you liked them, each to their own), and I don't see how Len Wiseman will be able to bring the excitement and paranoia to this film, that is (again in my opinion and sorry if it clashes with yours) so obviously a vital part of this story. In short I think the need for this remake is re-dundant!

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    • badger86

      Jan 17th 2012, 10:44

      I love the idea of Cranston but i just can't get over Len Wiseman. My expectations are low.

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    • durden

      Jan 17th 2012, 14:26

      i think this will stink...

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