Official plot for Total Recall remake
The official plot for the remake of Total Recall has been released online and as I read it I couldn't help but ponder the possibilities, what's different to the first film? What will be the reason for the remake? Surely not just the updated effects and tone of the film, surely there's something more?
Well you'll remember that we already had some pointers, and it was clear from early on that the story wouldn't be going to Mars but staying on Earth. Now the plot has arrived though you might be wondering if Mars is the only difference.
Of course both films are based on the Philip K. Dick short story so we're going to see a lot of similarities, and the fact that this version isn't leaving Earth is a big change in itself as it won't all be about the ending we had in the original Total Recall. So what will it be about?
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.
Wow, that is similar ot the old Total Recall isn't it?
You might remember that I had some information about the plot before in a previous article, let me carry some of that here and together with the blurb above you might find much more satisfaction in the new direction.
Bryan Cranston is
negotiating to play the lead villain of the film, Vilos Cohaagen, the leader of a nation state Euromerica, and you can guess what that name represents, something that I'm not sure a lot of Europeans would be that happy about, mind you at least the Euro part is first, mind you Amerope doesn't sound so good does it?...
...he is leading Euromerica towards an invasion of New Shanghai under the guise of protecting his people. However his desire is to take them over and, cue echo and reverb, rule the world, not really protect anyone. Well, that's highly original, glad they went back to the source for that.
Colin Farrell is already set to play Douglas Quaid, a factory worker in New Shanghai who begins to believe he is a spy, but then he's not sure which side he's a spy for. Now that part sounds a little more interesting.
That's all I had back then, but couple that with the plot and I think we're feeling quite a bit different now, although it is fair to say that the official plot is almost identical and I don't think is going to do the marketing of the film any favours.