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Total Recall (1990)


Arnold is at it again but this time he fights in the future.

When construction worker Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip, he also discovers that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he’s off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip..

Don’t take this as one of your ordinary same old action thriller, it’s more intriguing than that and surely does add a lot more to thrillers than people think. The film takes place as if Arnold is in some illusion dream that has gone out of sync and has turned into a nightmare, and we have seen this film before. But this one is more different and doesn’t get too confusing.

The most intriguing thing about this film is that it may all just be a dream. So we decide on whats real or what are just delusions, and more of like with Arnold’s character is that is he just a construction worker or a secret agent.

The special effects in the first hour of the picture are really spectacular and look really good but then after that it starts to just repeat itself and look cheesy. It looks a lot like a bad rip-off of an old Star Wars flick and doesn’t look spectacular after all.

Total Recall’s resolution also has me on the balls of my feet too of just what is really going on. We don’t understand by the end of the movie what is fact and what is fiction and leads us to just come up with it ourselves. Which really doesn’t make the payoff real well if all’s we have to do is think what’s real, and not.

Aside from that much of the rest of the film is surely to entertain anyone. This movie is a lot like other Arnold action films it’s that its bloody, violent, energetic, and a little humorous but this time with a twist of sc-fi. The film doesn’t shine away that it’s from the future but also doesn’t exploit by using guns that are noticeable today and not really focusing on spacships like I thought it would’ve.

Much of Arnold’s performance is the reason for this films success. He is not just playing a normal old superman, aside from the fighting, he is a very confused man who has to fight his way through of finally discovering the truth. Although some of his lines can be very cheesy, as usual, I still think this is one of his most adaptive performances yet, and makes this film different from his others.

Consensus: Total Recall has a great boost of action, goore, and a touch of humor that will keep you entertained until the payoff, which really doesn’t payoff.

7.5/10=Rentall!!!

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2 responses to “Total Recall (1990)

  1. andymovieman August 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    total recall was the best sci fi action flick i’ve seen from schwarzenegger besides terminator and predator. paul verhoeven did a great job with this movie like with robocop and basic instinct. i hate that they are remaking this movie. i won’t see the remake.

  2. dylanclarkmoore May 23, 2014 at 4:21 am

    What do *YOU* think happened at the end? Was it all real or was it part of the vacation he paid for?

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