Total Recall (1990)

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Three-breasted women are hard to come by these days. The same can’t be said in 1990’s sci-fi action film Total Recall, a movie which is regarded by some as a true Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. With colorful characters, intense action sequences and special effects that will leave you speechless, Total Recall is a truly genius piece of action filmmaking. Having said that, a special Blu-ray edition of the film is being released to coincide with the 2012 remake.

Taking place in 2084, the film focuses on a mild-mannered construction worker by the name of Douglas Quaid (Schwarzenegger). Quaid is married to the beautiful Lori played by Sharon Stone and their life seems perfect. That is until Quaid has dreams about Mars and decides to go on a brain trip courtesy of “Rekall”, a company that specializes in implanting memories for the sake of vacationing. Quaid decides to go on a mental trip to Mars as a secret agent and that’s when all hell breaks loose.

Within minutes, Quaid is chased by nasty bad guys which include Richter (Michael Ironside) and led by the evil governor of Mars, Vilos Cohaagen (Ronny Cox). Quaid encounters unique characters like Melina (Rachel Ticotin) and a bevy of mutated Mars inhabitants. As Quaid runs for his life and and litters the film with many dead bodies, the audience is taken for a ride that is not only bloody but pretty damn exciting.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger did Total Recall, he was at the height of his acting career. 1990 was a time when he dominated movie screens worldwide. With The Terminator, Commando and Predator coming out in the years before and Terminator 2 and True Lies coming out in the years after, Total Recall was the perfect meat of Schwarzenegger’s action sandwhich.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, Total Recall is an action-packed thrill ride. Director Paul Verhoeven knew exactly what he was doing when he shot the film. On top of this, the talented filmmaker’s credits include RoboCop, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers and the unfortunate mistake that is Showgirls. With the exception of that last film mentioned, Verhoeven certainly had the skills and the knowhow to shoot a successful and fun action film.

Total Recall is a film like no other. With state-of-the-art special effects, a pulse-pounding musical score by legendary film composer Jerry Goldsmith, exceptional direction by Paul Verhoeven and last but not least, starring the Governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall is an action film for the ages. With a remake coming out, that is further proof that this film is not only highly entertaining but inspirational. Colin Farrell will be assuming the role of Quaid this time and though he may not have a thick Austrian accent, he seems like an adequate choice for the role.

Sex and gore, these are two elements that can make or break any film. Total Recall contains both of these elements and balances them exceptionally well. With a hot young Sharon Stone and squibs being activated on countless stuntmen, Total Recall is an amusement park ride that never seems to end. The remake looks promising especially since it has a lot to live up to. One of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best films and one of the greatest action pictures to come out of the 90s, Total Recall is now out on Blu-ray in a special Mind-Bending Edition, so get set and get ready for one hell of a trip.

Blu-ray Bonus Features

Like the film itself, the bonus features for Total Recall are solid as a Mars rock. There is an audio commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Paul Verhoeven, an interview with Verhoeven and a making-of-featurette. There is also Models and Skeletons: The Special Effects of Total Recall. There is documentary entitled Imagining Total Recall. There is a restoration comparison, a trailer and lastly, a photo gallery.

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