Total Recall

Total Recall

DVD - 2011
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A 21st century construction worker dreams every night about the colonization of Mars, so he decides to visit a travel service that specializes in implanting vacation memories. During the implant things go wrong and Quaid goes to Mars to sort things out.
Publisher: Montreal :, Alliance Films ;, Santa Monica, California :, Artisan Entertainment,, 2011.
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9780784010167
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (113 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
widescreen, rda
1.33:1 full screen, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD, region 1, rda


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Mar 04, 2019

a very good movie. i compare this to terminator to how much i enjoyed it and i really enjoyed terminator

Mar 04, 2019

Total Recall is one of my top five science fiction movies of all time. It's got that campy, space opera aesthetic, and enough action and goofy one-liners to ensure you're entertained for the duration of its run time. But, on top of all that, Total Recall is an incredibly intelligent mind-bender. The central question (Is Quaid really experiencing these events or is it all an implanted memory in his head?) has no easy answer, and I find myself leaning different ways each time I watch it, as there's substantial evidence for both sides. That ambiguity is a huge factor in my enjoyment of the movie. And the ambiguity extends even further, with the mysterious aliens subplot that just hints at something much grander going on behind the scenes (as if saving Mars wasn't grand enough!) Don't be afraid, though; the ambiguity never gets so out of hand that you're left scratching your head and wondering what on Earth is happening. (I personally enjoy movies that take it to this level, but that style isn't most people's cup of tea.)

Total Recall is one of those special movies that you can watch over and over again and still get something new out of it each time. If you've read this far into my review, you're wasting time that could be spent clicking the hold button right above me. So go on, give the movie a shot. What are you waiting for? Get your a** to Mars!

Jul 28, 2018

Easily my favorite Paul Verhoeven movie, Total Recall is mostly known for being just another Schwarzenegger action firm from the early 90's. It definitely has all the ingredients for it: bullets flying, explosions, catch phrases. But as usual with Verhoeven movies, there are a ton of social commentares and critiques of western foreign policy just beneath the surface. On that surface, Total Recall is about a guy who seemingly muddles into a martian conspiracy and no shortage of people trying to kill him. Pretty standard fare action filler, but I've always thought the coolest parts of the movie lie in the background.

Through subtle hints references we know the world is divided into two powers, one western and other other. We know Mars was colonized by the western power to provide fuel for their machines of war, and that the earliest colonials were not given adequate protection out of cutting costs. We see the use of propaganda to obscure the situation on Mars in hopes of bringing more workers. We also see Mars is run by an corporate authoritarian appointed by the western Earth power, who uses his control over the most basic of life necessities (oxygen) to rule the planet with an iron fist. At the same time we see that life for average citizens of that Earth power is so work focused that people pay for memories of vacations they never experienced.

That is a lot of social commentary for bloody action flick. And while we find out (*mild spoiler...its been almost 30 years so no warnings should be needed*) that everything that has happened may have only been the memory implant the hero asked for, the social disorder mentioned in the background was likely very much real. As with other Verhoeven works (Robocop, Starship Troopers), it's easy to miss the commentary lurking underneath the high octane bulletfest.

Apr 29, 2016

One of Arnold's better film. Sharon Stone looked great in this movie.

Sep 21, 2015

Any movie that includes Arnold with his head in a wet towel talking to a video recording of himself can't be all bad. Any movie that includes this much camp and b-Movie cheese with utter sincerity can't be all bad. This movie tries to be awful. I get the sense that every actor in this movie knew that it was a bad movie and decided to try and play a game of large ham chicken where they all competed to see who could have the most over the top performance. The result is a movie that shouldn't be enjoyable, but absolutely is; a movie that shouldn't work, but does against all odds.

Feb 21, 2015


Jul 12, 2013

It is a classic sci-fi movie produced at that time period. No dull moment. Better than the re-make.

kevfarley Feb 07, 2013

One of the best and brightest Sci-fi action films ever made (at that time). Was just as much fun on the second viewing (at this time)!!

Brian_Scott Nov 04, 2012

Though campy and grisly at times, this Total Recall is good escapism in this time of need for it. Arnold is top notch as a bored construction worker who might or might not be an undercover spy who tries to have a memory implanted into his head. And all Child’s Play fans might recognize Kuato, the hidden mutant with the face of Chucky from those movies, haha.

Mocha6ft3 Apr 27, 2012

Mr. Quaid. Mind if i ask you a question? What's the one thing that never changes when you watch a movie?...I always watch it on my HOMETHEATER. This is a very good sci-fi movie filled with quality all around sound. Maybe not "Sound Freak" worthy, but the story is very good and the action is at a good pace through out the movie. I have this movie ( not the version shown) as part of my collection. There are many scenes with good sound, but my favorite is when Mr.Schwarzenegger runs from the bad guys in the subway. The moment he enter that X-ray device until he boards a train, there is some very good action scenes and gun fire. The bad guys are very cool and the female characters are all attractive and equally bad. I give this movie 4 and half stars. Very good visual effects, very good story, good characters, and good sound. Two thick juicy burgers with onions, peppers, mustard, ketsup, tomatoes, and lettuce with a large bottle of 7-up.

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Apr 16, 2011

When a man 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, or does he?


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Apr 16, 2011

Lori: No wonder you're having nightmares. You're always watching the news.

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