Creative print advertising on the tube shocker. 2012 edition.
While the above ad isn’t as inventive (or as contextually aware) as the awesome Limitless Clear Pill ads from early last year, the above ad for the new Total Recall film (yes, another re-make) the similarities between the two still shine through – and I like it.
Let’s start with the basics: the above ad is not for Total Recall. No no. It is for the entirely fictional company [from the film] ‘Rekall‘.
Using real world reference points for what is a very futuristic film is a touch of genius, I love it. There are two main variants on the ad, one puts you as a football star and the other gifts you women and a yacht.
“Tell us your fantasy,” the ad says “We’ll make it real*”
– the asterisk is used to perfection
Why else does this work?
1. Title [or lack thereof]
If you slap ‘Total Recall’ onÂ anything the first question that’d pop into anyone’s head is ‘Where’s Arnie?’. The original film is such an iconic sci-fi of its generation; it’s cheesy as hell and some of its Paul-Verhoeven-directed moments are stalwarts of early 90s pop-culture. Getting over that is not easy. So just ignore it! If we don’t mention the original, we won’t get theÂ Schwarzenegger mind pop! Win!
Â 2. They make it REAL
As I mentioned, it uses real world fantasies to bring the message home and to pique commuters’ interest. I love the idea of fictional companies advertising fictional products from the films that they feature in and communicating this in the way – making it real, if you will – works perfectly.
How could it be better?
First and foremost the ad doesn’t work as hard as the Limitless efforts from March 2011. The two call to actions (one web, one Twitter) are semi-usable in our new kind-of-online London Underground BUT I don’t think its strong enough to warrant an online only response. There’s no recognition that you’re without mobile signal, and for that REKALL lose points.
Overall though, it’s a good effort and hey, I’m blogging about it!
Better than most, but still room for improvement.
- The website is actually ace (up until you realise the Facebook bits don’t work).
- Apologies for the blurry photos; it’s really hard to take photos on the tube without looking like a complete weirdo.
- Finally, it turns out the new film isn’t actually that good either.Â Damn.