Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi action epic Total Recall was not afraid to get violent. It wasn’t afraid to spill the red stuff. In fact, at the time, it had one of the highest body counts of all time.
So with Len Wiseman’s re-working on the way, will this new vision of Philip K. Dick’s We Will Remember It For You Wholesale retain much of the violence of Verhoeven’s film?
No. No it won’t. The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) have awarded Total Recall a PG-13 rating citing “intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language”.
So what does that mean for us in the UK? Well, friends, I would expect nothing more than a 15 rating here.
The synopsis is as follows,
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) whom 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) – there is no one Quaid can trust, except possibly a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) working for the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy). 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.
Colin Farrell (Fright Night 2011) steps into the not-inconsiderably sized boots of Arnold Schwarzenegger, while the film also stars Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodvine and Bill Nighy.
Total Recall will hit cinema screens in the US on August 3rd, but we in the UK have a few weeks to wait, as it arrives in cinemas here on August 22nd.
SOURCE – Box Office Mojo