Sony Pictures has released a synopsis for its remake of the 1990 sci-fi action thriller Total Recall … and it sounds identical to the original (the absense of the planet Mars, notwithstanding):
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Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories.
For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (played by 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.
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This seems to us one of those films that doesn't need to be remade unless it is reimagined in some way … and other than changing the (unspecified) location, it's hard to say from the synopsis provided by the studio what's new or different about it.
Total Recall — both the original and this new version — is inspired by the 1966 short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick. It opens in US theaters August 3rd, 2012.