Sunday, April 01, 2012

You Will Forget This "Total Recall" Trailer Before It Even Ends

I'm not really bothered by the idea that the remake of "Total Recall" evidently doesn't involve Mars or three-breasted hookers. I AM, however, bothered by the fact that the remake of a movie that felt very fresh and visually-unique in it's day is trying so hard to look like just another plug-and-play generic scifi/action movie. Oh well.

18 comments:

Holly Elvins said...

what was i watching again? :/ i forgot halfway through

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing the original in middle school or high school and I forget much of it. But this doesn't look horrible. And it's not AHNOLD. So, we'll wait and see. I should also re-watch the original. We read the story too, and I didn't quite get it at the time so...

v_opposition said...

Is there anything original about this film? Does Bioware get a cut of the profits?Everything seems to be ripped off, from the soldiers, to the cars, to the flippin collars of the baddies. I know there is a certain amount of cannibalism in genre fiction, but c'Mon. A remake of an adaptation of sci fi movie, with it's aesthetic stolen from one of the most famous Sci fi video game franchises.

LeVar said...

It actually looks pretty good. Its cool how it seems to fit in the world of Blade Runner and Minority Report. With a little fineness they can make references to them as they are all created by Phillip K. Dick.

JamesT said...

That CGI fight scene looks unbelievably awful. Why not just choreograph that scene in real time? Or anything else? I'm a little surprised by the positive buzz elsewhere online. Then again, it could be just because the original is one of my favorite films.

Sam said...

They took out Mars from the title of the John Carter movie and now they're taking out Mars from the setting of this one. Wonder if they'll blame women for it again?

Also found this on the Wikipedia page for this movie. Take it with a grain of salt.

"Euroamerica (formerly the United States and the European Union) and New Shanghai (formerly China and South East Asia) fight for political power in the far dystopian future in the year 2084. A simple factory worker suffering from violent nightmares (Farrell) begins to suspect that he's a spy whose memory and personality were erased and replaced -- though he is unaware which side of the fight he's on and how important his lost memories will be in its outcome.[citation needed] What matters to him the most is that he must team up with a young female freedom fighter (Biel) in order for both of them to change the political system in their own country, Euroamerica, which is currently controlled by Euroamerican President Vilos Cohaagen (Cranston) and his government that rules with extreme austerity.[citation needed]"

Dominic said...

Oh hi, Bryan Cranston. This guy's starting to edge out Samuel L. Jackson for inexplicable appearances in popular movies. Heck, he could've played Nick Fury.

Cam said...

I don't know why everyone is hating on it. Looks just as good as the Avengers. Not sure why every movie must be a life changing work of art. (the first movie, even "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" wasn't.) Can't it be just a entertaining blockbuster?

Lido said...

So overall this was very meh, I like the premise but haven't seen the original but I gotta agree, why does every scifi film have to look the same? Why not make a world where everything is fusia and bright orange and runs on water or something, I mean there's almost 0 restrictions to creativity yet every scifi film ends up looking the same

KevinCV said...

@Lido I'm in agreement with you on that. However, your complaints could just as easily be made towards video games as well. This whole "Real is Brown" trend that's been going on for the last few years is really getting old.

Joe said...

I'll overlook the Mars omission, since Mars wasn't in the original Philip K. Dick story.

I don't like that apparently Quaid has superpowers in this version. Twenty years ago, Ahnold could have broken guys like Colin Farrell between two of his fingers, and his Quaid was only able to gun down a squad of heavily-armed goons in tactical armour by using trickery and misdirection. But Farrell's Quaid has half a dozen assault rifles boring into his skull and guns them all down without a scratch? Yawn.

I don't know what the world's come to when Schwarzenegger badass characters regularly had to resort to guile and cunning to prevail, while the current roster of creampuff action heroes just pull deus ex martial-arts-ica superpowers out of their ass.

Pat said...

@Joe

Amen to that.

Blue Highwind said...

Shockingly, to me at least, this doesn't look bad. In fact, that camera trick they used while Quaid was shooting all the dudes in the room, that was awesome.

They need to keep the psychic fetis though.

Thrash Til' Death said...

This just looks mediocre, and it wouldn't even register on my consciousness if the original wasn't so goddamn awesome. I mean, what's not to love? It was funny, taut, exciting, smart, ultraviolent, and had a distinctive aesthetic with a sense of novelty and fun to it. It's right at the top of Arnie canon, just below the first two (or should that be ONLY two) Terminators.

Anonymous said...

@ Lido

Hollywood is convinced mass audiences don't want radical new things and since they use that attitude towards their marketing priorities, they prove themselves right time and again. If you want to see genuine creativity, you need to venture outside the 18 screen multiplex and sign up for Netflix.

Rob said...

Lazy cash in, 22 years is not an anniversary either so there really isn't a good reason.

Why is the work of Philip K. Dick treated like trash so much? Sure there have been some good ones but the original of T.R. and probably this one will not do honour to his awesome works.

Mack said...

usually i don't like when you say "this movie is forgettable" usually because i remember everything and have an opinion about it, but I must say that it is an apt description of this trailer

Mr. Cap said...

@ Joe

Four words: Jason Bourne, that's why.