Colin Farrell in Total Recall
Colin Farrell in Total Recall

The first trailer for the remake of Total Recall has received a mixed reception after being released online.

Many fans of the iconic 1990 original Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle claim there is no need for the film to be recreated, reigniting the argument that Hollywood has run out of ideas.

The new version, directed by Len Wiseman of the Underworld series, stars Colin Farrell as a man tired of his life, who visits a company to have exciting memories of life as a secret agent implanted in his mind.

Instead he is attacked, which gives Farrell the opportunity to reveal some spectacular fighting skills and leads him to question whether his new or old lives represent reality. The film also stars Wiseman's wife, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel.

Commentators have lashed out on the trailer's YouTube page, branding it a lazy and unnecessary exercise.

"They need to stop making remakes of good movies and TV shows and just come up with their own fresh ideas," one commenter said.

The film is based on a Philip K. Dick story, which, it could be argued, means it represents another adaptation of the source material, rather than a remake, a strategy that worked for 2010's True Grit.

Total Recall will be released on 22 August.