Total Recall (1990) Movie Review

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Total Recall (1990)

1990 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
113 minutes / 1h 53min

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Total Recall Plot Synopsis:

Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie.

Total Recall (1990) Review

Total Recall (1990) is directed by Paul Verhoeven () as a cerebral action sci-fi film introducing many technologies before their time. Total Recall had a budget of $65 million with a gross at the box office of $119 million. Over the years, Total Recall has become one of those movies that you can enjoy watching every few years, and the new Blu-ray restoration looks phenomenal.


Total Recall stars Douglas Quaid / Hauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator (1984), Predator (1987)) as a mystery character most of the film. When you think he is going one way, he is, in fact, the other, watch the movie and that will make sense. Douglas ends up going on a virtual vacation to the planet Mars, and a whole slew of questions arise. Was his old life real? Is he someone else? Are those new memories and those implanted warped together making Douglas not know the difference between the fake and the real events.

Where do I start with Total Recall? I love this film and think that it was a real treat when it came and it still is fun to watch. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven did a great job with this thoughtful action sc-fi film. Douglas went from having a lavish lifestyle and wife Lori (Sharon Stone - Casino (1995), Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), The Quick and the Dead (1995)) to becoming Hauser and having Melina (Rachel Ticotin) as his plus one on the planet Mars. The special effect, makeup, and technologies used gave us an amusing taste of the future and looking back at this film now, you appreciate the huge amount of effort that was put into the film. Acting is from the stars is top notch and very believable, leaves you questioning which life is real, or are both real. If you have not seen this film or have not seen it in the last three years, watch it again.

  • Total Recall Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.44
  • IMDB: 7.5
  • MetaCritic: 5.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.2

About Total Recall 1990

Title: Total Recall
Year: 1990
Runtime: 113 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.72/5 stars from 270,846 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 270,846
MPAA Rating: R
Total Recall Cast Starring: Michael Ironside, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dean Norris, Robert Picardo, Joe Unger, Debbie Lee Carrington, Bob Bergen, Roy Brocksmith, Joel Kramer, Rosemary Dunsmore, Michael Gregory, Ronny Cox, Ray Baker, Marshall Bell, Allan Graf, Sharon Stone, Erik Cord, Frank Allen Forbes, Peter Kent, Mel Johnson Jr., Mickey Jones, Rachel Ticotin, Gloria Dorson, Kamala Lopez, Erika Carlsson, Morgan Lofting, Benny Corral, Patti Attar, Michael Champion, Karlyn Michelson
Total Recall Writers: Philip K. Dick, Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon
Total Recall Director: Paul Verhoeven
Box Office: $119,000,000
Production: TriStar Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA