TriStar Pictures | Release Date: June 1, 1990
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OneWhoKnowsAug 25, 2010
Philip K. Dick is one of the best sci-fi authors in history. In fact almost all his written work has been transposed into great film. Total Recall is one of his best efforts. Again this is a movie that requires a thought process, so ifPhilip K. Dick is one of the best sci-fi authors in history. In fact almost all his written work has been transposed into great film. Total Recall is one of his best efforts. Again this is a movie that requires a thought process, so if Napoleon Dynamite is your fave, give up and don't watch this movie because you will get lost. The ending is purposely left to your won interpretation... this makes it GREAT! Expand
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TastyJamProjectAug 1, 2012
This is arguably a better Arnie film than the two Terminators. Excellent and till remains a classic.
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ZilcellAug 6, 2012
One of the best science fiction movies ever. Other than seeing Arnold take over the screen with a fantastic performance, Total Recall is witty, fast-paced, action packed, and occasionally humorous.
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ILHMMar 10, 2013
After experiencing recurring dreams of an alternate life on Mars, Douglas Quaid visits Rekall, a company that deals in virtual vacations, to receive memory implants of a trip to Mars with an added package that would transform him into anAfter experiencing recurring dreams of an alternate life on Mars, Douglas Quaid visits Rekall, a company that deals in virtual vacations, to receive memory implants of a trip to Mars with an added package that would transform him into an interplanetary spy. Before the procedure can begin, however, Quaid experiences a schizoid embolism that awakens hidden memories which had been erased from his mind, and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy that will take him back to Mars as he fends off evil mercenaries in an attempt to save the planet. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the explosive Sci-Fi thriller TOTAL RECALL, from 1990! Director Paul Verhoeven takes us along on this wild adventure through the futuristic streets of Earth in the year 2084 and beneath the red sands of Mars using mind-blowing make-up, production designs, and digital effects that earned the film the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects that year. The adrenaline-pumping action and suspense never let up from beginning to end, while the audience is left to decipher whether the events on screen are really happening, or if this is all just part of some elaborate nightmare. Arnold is better than usual as our exciting action hero, this time going up against a menacing Michael Ironside in another of his stereotypical roles as the film's baddie. With a compelling and complex storyline to match its jaw-dropping special effects, TOTAL RECALL earns its place as one of the strongest Science Fiction films from the 1990s.

-Carl Manes
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MonsieurEamesNov 4, 2012
Intelligent and action-packed, Total Recall is one wild ride. The whole project holds an air of mystery and the plot is packed with twists. The effects have held up surprisingly well, helping the film engage viewers with stunning effects andIntelligent and action-packed, Total Recall is one wild ride. The whole project holds an air of mystery and the plot is packed with twists. The effects have held up surprisingly well, helping the film engage viewers with stunning effects and intense action scenes. Expand
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Rapture1959Jun 17, 2013
This film is my preferred of Schwarzy with Terminator 2.
I do not understand the mean scores of the press.
The 2012 version is completely missed it.
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TomV.Oct 20, 2006
An intricate and clever plot, with cinematography that will keep you riveted. Perhaps the most intelligent movie starring Schwarzenegger ever.
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jwt7000Aug 2, 2012
One of the fewest stunning visual environments of Mars that this movie has to offer. While the plot is great, this sci-fi movie keeps you riveted for more. The remake of the same name isn't great that it used to be, because the main theme ofOne of the fewest stunning visual environments of Mars that this movie has to offer. While the plot is great, this sci-fi movie keeps you riveted for more. The remake of the same name isn't great that it used to be, because the main theme of this movie is all about Mars and not the future look of Earth. Expand
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DutchHJan 14, 2013
Wonderful film. True Sci Fi. Unfortunately I think many watch it today and rate it yet forget it was made in in 1990. It has the suspense and great feel any good Sci Fi film should have and it has Arnold! Can't beat that. If you haven't seenWonderful film. True Sci Fi. Unfortunately I think many watch it today and rate it yet forget it was made in in 1990. It has the suspense and great feel any good Sci Fi film should have and it has Arnold! Can't beat that. If you haven't seen it you must check it out. Expand
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TokyochuchuOct 7, 2012
The original Total Recall is a fun sci-fi actioner that sees Schwartzenegger barreling around Mars kicking all sorts of ass. The movie has that classic over-the-top 80's violence to it (massive squibs & grotesque kills) that now feels bothThe original Total Recall is a fun sci-fi actioner that sees Schwartzenegger barreling around Mars kicking all sorts of ass. The movie has that classic over-the-top 80's violence to it (massive squibs & grotesque kills) that now feels both nostalgic and hilariously ridiculous. Stuffed with decent special effects and a memorable plot, Total Recall remains fun viewing. Expand
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[Anonymous]Aug 27, 2005
The plot and concept are brilliant. I could almost say that this was a proto-Matrix. The political themes also seem a bit relevant in today's context, and may forshadow future issues in space colonization, and maybe colonization The plot and concept are brilliant. I could almost say that this was a proto-Matrix. The political themes also seem a bit relevant in today's context, and may forshadow future issues in space colonization, and maybe colonization altogether. Action's nice. Sadly, some effects, once oscar winning, haven't held up over time. If today's FX were available back then, and the disturbing, bio-freaky parts kept to a minimum, this film would be damn near perfect, and it would get a nine. It's a miracle that T2, Arnold's peak, still looks awesome today, FX and all. Expand
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JacobAug 31, 2015
Total Recall is a fun movie. The film isn’t deep but it is fun with suspense, action, and twists. The way the future is realized is creative and clever and easily a highlight of the film. Total Recall could’ve been more if the film hadTotal Recall is a fun movie. The film isn’t deep but it is fun with suspense, action, and twists. The way the future is realized is creative and clever and easily a highlight of the film. Total Recall could’ve been more if the film had embraced the concept of the recall machine and used it to raise moral and ethical questions but instead it just devolves into a straightforward action movie. Asking for more isn’t a huge complaint as the movie is still a blast its just that extra bit of depth could’ve made this something more. Expand
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SpangleApr 19, 2017
The original is it a dream or not film, Total Recall is yet another science fiction classic from director Paul Verhoeven. He knows how to make objectively fun films that are essentially the cinematic equivalent of wrestling. Loud, dumb, andThe original is it a dream or not film, Total Recall is yet another science fiction classic from director Paul Verhoeven. He knows how to make objectively fun films that are essentially the cinematic equivalent of wrestling. Loud, dumb, and obviously scripted, but since both he and the audience are in on the gag, it is fun to watch. Pairing this with a ripped and confused Arnold Schwarzenegger and a story based upon a short story from Philip K. Dick, you just know this is about to be an excellent watch. In many ways, it feels akin to Dune due to the obsession with control here on a distant planet, though in Total Recall it is air. Starring Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid, the film shows him as a relatively normal man married to Lori (Sharon Stone). However, as he goes to a company called Rekall, that allows people to pay to have memories implanted in their mind, things go haywire for him. Choosing to go to Mars and to become a secret agent, the route the film takes is ultimately up to the viewer. One side can claim it was all a part of the dream, but one that he began to believe. The other can claim that it is all true. He came to before the memory was implanted and after they had discovered he had his mind wiped due to the secrets he held from his time as a Mars Intelligence Officer that could threaten Vilos Cohaagen's (Ronny Cox) control over the air on Mars.

In many ways, Verhoeven reminds me of a more ambitious and unhinged version of David Cronenberg. Both are obsessed with constant depictions of sex and violence in their films, yet take different approaches to them. Verhoeven is more tongue-in-cheek, whereas Cronenberg is more serious. Yet, both share a similarity: inventiveness. From the gadgets in their films to the world they create, their films are always incredibly imaginative and demand further exploration. This is certainly part of the appeal of watching their films as around every corner is something you never imagined being in a film. This is an incredibly fun experience as a viewer as the weaponry, sets, and the world as a whole are so intricately designed that it makes it all seem real. Every detail is accounted for, even when the plot may become a little too odd to bear. This is a world that is always available to be explored and is a fun journey to be on throughout.

Yet, what this film thrives on is paranoia. With Douglas constantly told his true identity is Carl Hauser and that this is all a dream, he has no idea how to respond and neither does the audience. It is hard to pin down what is and is not real as things seem to be too finely put together by Hauser to not be a setup and things go too closely to what he signed up for with Rekall. Yet, other moments show that it is definitely not a dream with people turning against him or remembering him. Of course, that may be the very point. Total Recall walks a fine line between both options, but what is clear is the tension and paranoia this balance creates. It is excellent for entertainment purposes and really keeps you on edge as you try to figure out, scene-by-scene, what is really happening or what could be an implant.

An area of complaint for this film would definitely be the acting, which always a lot to be desired. Though, it may just be a trait of Paul Verhoeven films at this point. Inherently satirical in tone and style, the acting seems surreal with it simultaneously being unconvincing and overacted. This is a mainstay quality in many Verhoeven films with the actors seemingly in on the satirical tone of the film by playing their characters less than seriously. It is always jarring, especially with Arnold's constant one-liners littered throughout this film also contributing to this general feeling, but somehow thoroughly appealing to watch unfold at all times.

In watching Paul Verhoeven's filmography one thing, aside from the violence and sex, becomes immediately clear. Many of his female protagonists are quite similar and what I would like to categorize as the "Verhoeven Woman". If Howard Hawks can have his own female cliche, I think Verhoeven definitely deserves some credit for his own cliche. With Lori (Sharon Stone) - Douglas' apparent wife - and Melina (Rachel Ticotin) - Douglas' apparent lover - Total Recall introduces two Verhoeven women. Both women are overtly sexual and entirely objectified throughout. They ooze sex appeal and the film plays up this sexuality with both wearing greatly revealing clothing and constantly trying to engage Douglas in sex. Yet, this sexuality is always juxtaposed by Verhoeven with complete empowerment. Though these women may be agents forced to sleep with their marks or hookers who both suffer from the male gaze, they are completely capable and able to function on their own. Lori is a ball busting agent in Douglas' world and is more than capable of holding her own. She even skillfully takes down Douglas as any man with her training would be able to do.
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DuckNationJun 14, 2014
"Sorry, Quaid. Your whole life is just a dream."

Total Recall is a great sci-fi thriller loaded with tons of awesome action and without of a doubt one of the best movies from the 90's. This like other Paul Verhoeven films i used to watch
"Sorry, Quaid. Your whole life is just a dream."

Total Recall is a great sci-fi thriller loaded with tons of awesome action and without of a doubt one of the best movies from the 90's. This like other Paul Verhoeven films i used to watch this all the time when i was young because it was just so freaking awesome. Arnold kicking major ass from earth to mars whats not to like it also has plenty of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. Seeing that i watched my two other favorite Paul Verhoeven films this year those being RoboCop and Starship Troopers also the fact i haven't watched this in a while i thought that i should give it a proper viewing and review.

The movie follows Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) a normal guy doing construction work for a living but after being haunted by vivid dreams of mars he asks his wife Lori (Sharon Stone) if they can move there. She is highly against the idea and instead purposes they take a vacation to Saturn Quaid avoids answering her by saying he has to go to work. While on his way to work on the metro train he sees a commercial for a place called "Rekall" a company that provides virtual memory implants of vacations for people. While he is at Rekall and about to be set up for a vacation to mars as a secret agent on a mission to save the planet but he freaks out killing multiple Rekall employees before they implemented the chip so they drug him to knock him out and they erase his memory of the visit and they send him on his way home in a taxi.

While on his way home he is attacked by a bunch of his co-workers and with no choice has to kill them he then rushes home to tell Lori but it just so happens that she also seems to be working with the people who are trying to kill him. From here we see Quaid as he tries to figure out who he really is and in the process makes his way to mars to find the people who are out to kill him. Of course the best part of the movie was once he gets to mars as we get to see plenty of mutants that look super freaky also tons of great action scenes. I just realized that Dean Norris was in this movie as one of the mutants so that was cool to notice for the first time but even to this day i have to say the 3 breasted woman has to be my favorite also the little midget chick was pretty awesome.

One of the great things about this movie was how brutal it can be seeing people get shot up, blood everywhere, limbs getting ripped off, maybe not as much as Starship Troopers but still enough to be brutal, personally my favorite part is when Quaid [spoiler] kills his wife Lori. I mean because really when do you ever see the hero kill a woman regardless if she is bad or good so i have to give the director and writers props for that. [/spoiler] The story was entertaining and intriguing enough to make you think is this really happening or is this really just a dream and for some reason i kept thinking of Inception while watching this. The cast did a solid performance overall, Arnold was great like in all his older action movies from the time, both Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin looked sexy, and Michael Ironside as the main henchmen was excellent, the guy was born to play a villain.

Overall i give it a 8.0Total Recall is a movie with amazing replay value and is a must watch for everyone that loves a great sci fi action movie.
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