Total Recall

Total Recall

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I caught snippets of this on TV the other day and was simply ashamed of myself for not already having reviewed this. It was a down moment in my proudly nerdy life. I didn’t see the whole thing, but have seen it so many times I feel confident in reviewing it anyway.

Total Recall is the story of Douglass Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Quaid is an ordinary guy. He’s married, works as a construction worker, and has a pretty mundane existence. Despite not being anyone all that special or important, he’s plagued but these super realistic dreams of Mars. So real, he becomes obsessed with it.

So one day, while on his way to work he sees an advertisement for the virtual reality based company Rekall. If you have ever wanted to experience something or go somewhere, but are hesitant to actually try it; Rekall is for you. They specialize in implanting false memories. Rather than just choose the regular old sightseeing tour, Quaid opts for the “super spy” package. This creates some kind of emotional reaction. He’s immediately sedated, thrown into a cab, and sent home.

Next thing he knows people are trying to kill him from every direction and all kinds of puzzling questions begin to pop up.

Who is Douglass Quaid? Are these things happening to him real or is he simply still stuck in the virtual reality world? You’ll have to watch to find out and even then you may find that it’s open to interpretation; and in the good, keep you guessing kind of way.

Totall Recall is another classic science fiction film that is based on a Phillip K. Dick short story.  In total, ten of his short stories have been turned into a film. Some of them include Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and most recently The Adjustment Bureau.

It is also one of the Paul Verhoeven classics. When it came to ultra-violent, over-sexualized, commentaries on our culture, he was a master of it in the 80s and 90s.

It is also very well acted for what it is. It’s done in a way that fits the tone of the movie to a T. Arnold was excellent as this everyday man turned super spy overnight. Despite the fact that he was a behemoth of a man, you get the feeling Quaid is just a normal old guy. But when trouble arises, he starts kicking ass and taking names; a real one-man army. Plus there's some truly epic one-liners in this movie that any Arnold fan will appreciate. I am sitting here, literally laughing at thought of them as a write this review.

Ronny Cox (who between this and Robocop I can't say enough good thing about him) and Michael Ironside are the evil versions of Batman & Robin in this movie. They make Quaid’s life a living hell. But why? Watch and find out; you’ll be in for a real treat.

This is one of my favorite science fiction movies out there. A fun ride from beginning to end and I highly recommend it. That isn’t stopping them from remaking it though!

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was given “the He’s” seal of approval on March 8, 2011.