Total Recall (1990)

Douglas Quaid has it all:  loving wife, steady job, good friends.  Or so one would think.  He dreams of a woman and going to Mars, a planet that’s been colonized.  He goes to a company called Rekall.  They can give a person all the memories of a dream vacation from the convenience of their offices.  Doug rips his way out of the chair as he yells and screams about a secret agent mission on Mars: the dream vacation he pays for.  The only problem with this is the fact that the memories have not been implemented.

What followed was 2 hours of plot twists, gun fights, and restoring order to Mars, overthrowing a company holding the less fortunate of Mars at their mercy, and protecting their own assets.Some things targeted in this movie was corporations control over merchandise and double-crossing agents.

A strength I found in this movie, and assuming nothing going in, was the plot twists throughout the movie.  Doug goes from being innocent, to part of the problem, to innocent.  The misdirection in Doug’s first message plays out well and I was caught off guard when he gave his second message.

Arnold Schwarzenegger gives what is probably one of his most diverse rolls, and he pulls it off quite nicely.  He does well with the emotion this character had, something usually overlooked or not used as he does action action action.

I realize this movie came out 22 years ago, but I almost found it humorous when they were showing a person out in Mars’ atmosphere.  They would not last nearly as long as they did (especially at the end of the movie).  I didn’t know whether to be freaked out or just start laughing at how this looked.

On the whole I found this movie entertaining.  Having never watched this movie I came in with no expectations.

On another side note: I will not be seeing the remake.  As previously stated, I’m not a fan of remakes, I find they do not do the original justice, and I don’t imagine this one does.

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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One thought on “Total Recall (1990)

  1. The original is indeed awesome. So is Arnold (I’ve met him a couple of times). The new “Total Recall” is nothing short of a total mess!

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