Total Recall (1990)
Construction worker Douglas Quaid's obsession with the planet Mars leads him to visit Recall, a company who manufacture memories. Something goes wrong during his memory implant turning Doug's life upside down and even to question what is reality and what isn't.
The Age of Commercialism
Fresh and Exciting
I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.
Arnie started the 90s with a bang with Total Recall- an awesome science fiction action film from Dutch Paul Verhoevan. Arnie plays a man who has his memory implanted with an adventure on Mars but soon he realizes that he may actually be on the planet and not just in his memories. Confused? Well, you should see this film to truly understand the plot. Although much like every Arnold vehicle this one has its fair share of action and explosion, there is also an underlying theme and deep meaning in there. Also, Sharon Stone looks stunning
Total Recall is one of the great action movies of the 1990s. In fact it is one of the great films of the decade. Director Paul Verhoeven delivers a layered plot, bone crunching violence, state of the art special effects, satirical swipes at right wing corporations. In Arnold Schwarzenegger he found an actor who could deliver the heroics, the action and the violence.Based on a short story by Philip K Dick, 'We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.' Total Recall is set in a future where corporations run amok. Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a hard working construction worker who visits a company called Rekall that implants fake memories of a holiday to the planet Mars despite concerns expressed by his wife Lori (Sharon Stone) and his work colleague.While undergoing the process where he decides to upgrade his trip as a spy on a mission, it seems Quaid's memory has already been erased and his existing memory were recreated. Now Quaid is on the run with plenty of bad guys after him. With no one left he could trust, Quaid sets off to Mars to find the truth about himself. In Mars he finds he is someone who was feared and not liked. Quaid decides there is a secret about Mars worth fighting for and Quaid leads the resistance group against the company that runs the planet and controls the air supply.The violence is visceral and strong. The action is very well placed. Yet Total Recall also has a terrific story, the plotting is complex and always keeps you guessing whether it is a dream or is it real? With further re-watches you unravel further clues and the credit for that goes to the director.
A construction worker decides to get a virtual holiday. In this next future the film portrays the way to do it it's just to "implant" a remembering in your brain. You will remember that you have been on holiday, you'll feel that it's true but you have not the real experience, it's just a few neurons connected. "But, what it's always the same in all your holidays" the seller of the vacations ask to Quaid, the construction worker. He doesn't know but the smiling seller doesn't make him wait: "you, you're the same in all your travels". Quaid is offered to make his vacations really special. He's going to go to Mars, visit the planet, but not as a tourist but as a special agent who is going to fight against terrorist and save the planet from destruction.The plot is really interesting, it's not a specially complicated story, you don't get lost but there are twists enough to surprise you and make the ride a joyful one.Technology has changed the world, so much that even in so recent past as 27 years ago they didn't foreseen the miniaturization degree that communication devices could attain. You see into the movie a few screens with a depth box behind them, the ruler of Mars even get into the phone connected with a cable to the device on the wall.It's nice the hologram device able to replicate a person, and of course the costume-robot Quaid uses to enter into Mars.Excellent way to let a couple of hours go away, and even if you watched it a few years ago it's quite interesting to review it again, how fast time runs, you'll think.
This is sci-fi at it's finest. Great story, great acting and stunning visuals, especially for the time it was made. Arnold Schwarzenegger is brilliant in this movie, as are all the supporting actors. Awesome action, and has funny one-liners, this movie has it all. If you are a fan of sci-fi movies I highly recommend this cult classic.