Total Recall Review
Synopsis:When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
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.
About Total Recall (1990)
Original Title: El vengador del futuro
Runtime: 113 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Writers: Philip K. Dick, Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Jon Povill, Gary Goldman
Director: Paul Verhoeven