I can't get too mad about Len Wiseman's remake of TOTAL RECALL. Mostly, I think, it's because I know that it's going to be a completely different take on the story that Paul Verhoeven's version - which makes sense, since there's just no replicating Verhoeven's gonzo vision or crazed sense of humor. Two more reasons not to write it off: Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale.
Regardless if you're excited for TOTAL RECALL or not, Sony has made it and you'll just have to live with it. The studio has just unveiled the official synopsis for the film, which is due in August; find it below. Naturally, most of it is quite familiar. (Recall, recall, recall...)
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 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.
TOTAL RECALL hits theaters on AUGUST 3rd.