Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as Quaid, a 2084 construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars in this crowd-pleasing science fiction spectacle. Against the wishes of his sexy blonde wife (Sharon Stone), Quaid goes... more » to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories, so he can "remember" visiting the red planet that is now being settled by human inhabitants. However, Quaid is actually an amnesiac secret agent from Mars--or is he? Enemy agents led by a thug named Richter (Michael Ironside) start trying to kill him before Quaid remembers anything more. Bullets and bone-crunching mayhem follow in large doses as Quaid heads to Mars to deal with mutants, ancient alien races, and Cohagen (Ronny Cox), a greedy capitalist controlling the colonists' air supply, in an effort to remember his real identity. TOTAL RECALL is based on the story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick and was a big box-office hit, helping to firmly establish director Paul Verhoeven as a specialist in darkly satiric, blood-drenched genre films. His next stop: BASIC INSTINCT, also with Stone.« less
Way ahead of it's time with futuristic concepts and the plotline with this being one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's finest movies that does not age with time. Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin and Ronny Cox were also at their best! A must for Sci-Fi, Alien, Mutant, Mars and Space Travel fans!
Jerome G. from LA CRESCENTA, CA Reviewed on 8/7/2014...
This amazing movie was ahead of its time. It's also every scifi fan's dream movie. A story by Phillip K. Dick(Blade Runner,The Adjustment Bureau) and directed by Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Basic Instinct) The story is what propels Arnold into an adventure like no other ever seen before. (This was summer 1990). A huge budget meant huge FX and Rob Bottin, the go to guy for creature FX and gore ( The Thing) creates all kinds of mayhem. There are layers of brilliance in this film and it wasn't just your run-of-the-mill Schwarzenegger shootem up. Dreams collide head-on with reality in this tour-de-force of action, sci-fi, and a bit of romance. A real mind-F. But beware! This is the 'hard R' rated version (not the wimpy PG13 Collin Farell re-make) Verhoeven's previous movies had to be cut down to get the 'R' as did this one. The violence is very strong, very graphic, and not for the squeamish. Most sci-fi films made today don't even hold a candle to this one. It will be remembered as a classic years from now. Mind blowing FX, twist endings and a labyrinth of jaw dropping stunts make this pure entertainment and pure satisfaction!
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Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 3/8/2012...
Quite a few people made the mistake of thinking this film is just another Arnold action flick without paying attention to the fact that it goes way beyond the mere confines of the genre. While it can be enjoyed this way, there's a deeper layer to the movie that was overlooked upon it's initial release. First hint that there's far more occuring is the source material. Phillip K Dick is best known for writing what can best be described as unconventional sci-fi novels (Blade Runner,A Scanner Darkly & Screamers are also based on his works). Another hint is that the director's sci-fi films (Robocop,Starship Troopers & The Hollow Man) are all unconventional to say the least. It's a rubber reality film.
SPOILER: The majority of the film is Arnold's fantasy. Reality stops the moment his character takes the virtual excursion. Throughout the film various mentions of this are made and a character shows up at about the half way point who tells exactly what will happen during the remainder of the movie. The film ends with Arnold's character being engulfed in white light (he dies).
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Marie R. (reba) from OAK GROVE, MO Reviewed on 9/28/2010...
this movie is great!*****
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Michael G. (mgmirkin) from PORTLAND, OR Reviewed on 3/2/2009...
This has always been a somewhat underground favorite sci-fi movie. Mildly apocalyptic / rebellious, and a bit "out there." Quite an enjoyable romp, and a nostalgic look at Schwarzenegger before some forgettable later movies like Last Action Hero and before becoming the Californian "Gubernator."
Schwarzenneger's character has had his memories erased and a new persona installed to get close to the leaders of the [mutant] resistance at the Mars colony (granted we don't find this out 'til the end). Plenty of action, a little romance. Slightly awkward in a few spots. But generally a lot of fun.
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cs | 07/12/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I agree. This Blu Ray transfer is the worst Blu Ray transfer I've ever seen. The picture quality isn't any better than a VHS tape. Also, on the packaging and here on Amazon the aspect ratio is wrongly listed as 2.35:1. It is not. It is actually 1.85:1. I'd give the movie itself 4 stars, but my review here is just for the Blu Ray. Zero stars."