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"Whatever you think you remember, it's not real. The person you think you are now, it's all a lie." These are the haunting words Colin Farrell's Douglas Quaid delivers—via video diary—to himself in Len Wiseman's Total Recall, the latest adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale." For those who haven't seen Paul Verhoeven's 1990 version, which memorably starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, the story centers on a seemingly average man who decides to go on a virtual vacation thanks to a company that feeds your brain fake memories to create a more exciting reality. But it as Rekall boots up to give Quaid the experience of being a super spy, an unexpected error spins the process—and by extension his life—wildly out of control.
With the film's latest trailer, Columbia offered a glimpse at this critical moment, along with plenty of pulse-pounding action sequences and even a tease of a three-boobed prostitute. Now, this new clip—courtesy of Yahoo—gives us a more in-depth look at the scene that changes everything. Check it out below:
Here John Cho of Harold & Kumar fame plays the suave programmer prepping Farrell's fretful hero for Rekall's process. And though he's quickly shot down in a hail of police gunfire, this brief clip has already got me hoping Cho will get the chance to play an action hero of his own soon. And why not? He was a more than capable sword-fighting Sulu!
Beyond that, we're treated to Wisemen's sleek action sequence style as Quaid single-handedly takes down the heavily armed and armored federal police officers that ambush him. While Farrell handles the choreography admirably, I think it's that moment after—that terrified look of "what just happened"—that signals what will set this Total Recall apart from its predecessor. Namely, that while Schwarzenegger was an incredible action star, he wasn’t much of an actor. Farrell can be both, which could ultimately make this adaptation the more satisfying of the two.
We'll find out when Total Recall hits theaters August 3rd. To check out more about this movie, head over to our Blend Film Database.