Friday, July 15, 2011

TOTAL RECALL Remake First Official Image

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The first official image from Len Wiseman's remake of "Total Recall" has hit the web, via Collider.com. As you can see it's appropriately intense and Colin Farrell echoes his days when he was playing a CIA rookie on the run in "The Recruit" (co-starring Al Pacino). In the midst of a future war between Euromerica and New Shanghai, Doug Quaid (Farrell), a factory worker, becomes convinced he's a spy, but doesn't know who exactly it is he's working for. The remake is still in its production stages, with the release date set for August 3, 2012. The movie also stars Kate Beckinsale (the director's wife), Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, John Cho and Ethan Hawke (in an undisclosed cameo). Here's another image from the set of "Total Recall", which gives us an idea about the futuristic design of the movie (Source: Screenrant.com).

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I'm honestly harboring some mixed feelings about this one. Sure, it's going to be a lot more faithful to Phillip K. Dick's source material, but is that really enough ? Paul Verhoeven's version had a particularly engaging style and his trademark over-the-top violence, which made the movie a dark violent sci-fi thriller that worked far better than anybody expected. Will Len Wiseman's workmanlike directorial talents be enough ? I mean he managed to make "Die Hard 4" unconvincing and flat. Is he really the right man for this remake ?


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