After a man goes for a virtual vacation to the planet of Mars, he
wakes up thinking he is a double agent and goes to the planet for real.
Total Recall (1990)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Written by Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Gary Goldman
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin,
Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside, Mel Johnson Jr.
Based on the short story "We Can Remember It
For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick
Oscar Wins - Best Visual Effects
Oscar Nominations - Best Sound Editing, Best Sound
Paul Verhoeven has made some of the best sci-fi films of the 1990s and Total Recall is further proof of that. The film is a smart movie that makes you question who to trust and if what you're watching is real. It's also amazingly violent and a hell of a good time.
The plot is a hard one to tell people without spoiling some aspect of the film. I highly advise anyone going in to watch it completely blind. Luckily, I can say, without spoiling anything, that performances are great across the board. Arnold Schwarzenegger is at his most charismatic as Douglas Quaid, a construction worker who could be a double agent. Michael Ironside is also a lot of fun as Richter, a man who is determined to hunt down and kill Quaid. Also, for anyone wondering, this is the movie to feature the iconic three-breasted woman.
Total Recall is a fun movie that not only questions everything you watch, but never really answers them either. It pretty much demands repeat viewings. This is a great thing, though, as you'll want to watch this movie again and again. A great movie that sic-fi, action, and Schwarzenegger fans will enjoy.