Total Recall details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox, Robert Picardo|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller|
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Aug 2008|
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Total RecallBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 26 Mar 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Phillip K Dick (unfortunate name really) has been a favourite author for Hollywood adaptation since Blade Runner. This film, based on Dick's story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, presents us with Doug Quaid (Arnie). Quaid is a construction worker who goes to Rekall to purchase the memory of a trip to Mars but when the procedure of installing the memory goes wrong he recovers his real memories of Mars, where he was a double agent working for eiether the dictatorial ruler (Cox) or the resistance (personified by Ticotin).
At least I think that's the plot. It is somewhat ambiguous whether Quaid or his alter ego are in fact the real person and thats one of the most interesting things about Total Recall.
The film is directed by mad dutchman Paul Verhoven. It's less satirical than his previous film; Robocop but matches, if not betters, it for action set pieces. Verhoven shoots action and special effects well and though the limitations of 1990 effects are shown up by the progress made in 15 years the work here is hugely impressive for the time.
The look of the film is interesting, every frame is packed with detail, particularly when Quaid reaches Mars it's inhabitants are beautifully and interestingly designed (only in a Paul Verhoven film will you find a hooker with three breasts). There is, however, one odd design gaffe. Look closely at the guards who try and stop Quaid as he arrives on Mars, the communicators on their wrists, hillariously, are Casio calculators.
The script, while in concept quite intelligent and literate, is merely functional. Dialogue serves eiether to advance the plot or provide Arnie a quip ('Consider dat a divorce', after shooting his wife in the head, is a highlight) but in it Verhoven finds fun details of life in 2084 (the cab Arnie tells to 'just drive' but which won't go anywhere without a specific destination).
Arnie is better here than he'd been before and while he's acceptable in the role a more cerebral leading man (with an aptitude for action) might have made for a more interesting hero. His acting is, as ever, pretty one note but the script has clearly been tailored to its star and so it works.
Rachel Ticotin makes for a bland, dull heroine but her boring presence is made up for by a young Sharon Stone as Quaid's wife. Stone has enormous fun here being a horrendous bitch and gets a great catfight with Ticotin.
Michael Ironside and a scenercy chewing Cox make for hissable villains and Cox gets some wonderful lines to establish just how eeevil he is.
Total Recall isn't a great film but, as undemanding Friday night beer and pizza movies go you'd be hard pushed to find one that's as much cheesy fun as this.
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Total RecallBy vong164 (2 reviews) from Glasgow , 20 Apr 2008This is without a doubt one of Arnold's best movies. The imagery and the imagination in this film are unsurpassed. If you like like sci-fi you will love this guaranteed.
tOTAL rECALLBy BlackRaven (5 reviews) from cardiff , 10 Apr 2008Cant quite believe this film is 18 years old. the special affects are amazing. I really enjoyed the whole film although its not something I would normally watch. My teenage son loved it.
total recallBy ricky (361 reviews) from Hastings , 13 Nov 2007minding bogalling good arnie keeps you thinking
Total Recall.By Cornetto (959 reviews) from Lancaster , 02 May 2007Total Recall is about a man who 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 we think?? I enjoyed this movie, Arnie was quite good in the action sci-fi thriller as was Michael Ironside (V Tv Series) and Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct). Well worth watching for the entertainment value.
Great stuffBy a customer from Birmingham , 21 Apr 2007Total Recall - an explosion of machine-gunning, gut-punching, throat-ripping, eyeball-exploding, bone-breaking gratuitous violence - is a film not for the faint of heart, though some of the rubberized effects have lost their impact with age.
Adapted from the short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by science fiction guru Philip K. Dick, it is also, however, a nonstop roller-coaster ride of top-flight action entertainment that isn't afraid to have a brain or two in its head. Featuring vast sets, magnificent explosions, plentiful plot twists and the aforementioned ultra-violence, the film keeps pulling the narrative rug out from under you in thoroughly unexpected ways that exploit the paranoid nervousness that makes Dick - author also of the source novel for Blade Runner - such an insightful and important writer.
One moment in particular, which explains why Cox hasn't had the traitor killed outright and has instead dreamed up this whole Quaid deal, is among the cleverest revelations in the cinema which at the time, stretched Schwarzenegger's action man persona into wholly new areas (though the later stretch to comedy and politics we could perhaps have done without).
A bloody roller coaster narrative from the creators of 'Alien' and plenty of tough-guy action speak makes this a still thoroughly enjoyable set-piece, though the effects have lost their shock value since the heavy use of CGI took over some years after the release. But worryingly satisfying in a purely gruesome, beat-em-up kinda way.