And remarkably, friends and fellow nerds, it doesn’t look that bad. In fact, it looks like a fairly pacy, well-designed slice of future frolics (albeit one where the industrial design appears to be taking notes from the choices made by BioWare with the “Mass Effect” series)
The advanced word on this remake is that it won’t, as my title alludes to, being visiting the Angry Red Planet and confines its action to a more Phillip K Dick-friendly Earth (I’m pretty sure that Dick’s original short story doesn’t have much room for the kind of martial arts, multiple-takedown whuppings handed out by Farrell’s confused everyman in this trailer, however).
There’s lots of action, whizzy future cars, Kate Beckinsale being bad, Jessica Biel handing out smackdowns and enough gadgets to make Jason Bradbury go all funny. Not quite as deliciously OTT as the classic Verhoeven/Schwarzenegger collaboration of 1990, but then what is? Something tells me that director Len Wiseman doesn’t have it in him to go that all-out and transgressive (boy, the original film was absurdly violent…) but I’m a bit more interested in seeing this than I was.