Have you ever had a movie that just kind of thoroughly stuck with you? A movie that you just thoroughly enjoyed as a kid, and still enjoy just as much in the present as you did then?
And well back then it was something of a different time, and I was just starting to discover the amazingly talented career of Arnold Schwarzenegger (6th Day)… And all of that in the theater!
And one of the first movies of his that I was able to catch in the theater, and a movie that I completely enjoyed was the movie, Total Recall (1990)!
Written by: Ronald Shusett (Alien), Dan O’Bannon (Dark Star), Gary Goldman (Minority Report) & Directed by: Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man). Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin (Falling Down), Sharon Stone (Sliver), Ronny Cox (RoboCop), Michael Ironside (Scanners) & Marshall Bell (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge).
”Now, this is the plan. Get your ass to Mars.” – Hauser (A quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger from the movie, Total Recall (1991).)
The year is 2084. Douglas Quaid (Played by: Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a construction worker, every night Doug has been having horrible nightmares about the planet Mars and it has become very obsessive for Doug.
Doug goes to “Rekall INC” a company that sales false memories of ideal holidays. When Doug has a false memory of a holiday on Mars implanted, it all goes terribly wrong.
Doug has lost his memory and he is being chased by a group of assassins and his beautiful wife Lori (Played by: Sharon Stone) is a agent who claims his whole life is a fake and he isn’t who he is. After discovering he is Hauser, a former Mars Intelligence agent, Quaid goes to the colony on Mars, in hoping of finding answers.
Where he meets a woman named Melina (Played by: Rachel Ticotin) who is working for rebels and the assassins are working for Vilos Cohaggen (Played by: Ronny Cox), the colony’s corrupt administrator.
As Doug sets out to discover who he is and why Cohaagen is after him, Doug not only is finding answers, he also begins to question reality. Is the events of Rekall INC, being chased by assassins and going to Mars really happening? Or Is it all a dream?
This movie, which was one of the last major Hollywood blockbusters to make large-scale use of miniature effects as opposed to CGI. It was also one of the first major Hollywood blockbusters to use CGI (mainly for the scenes involving the X-Ray scanner) and have it look “photo-real” is a great film!
The talent for it’s day truly was top drawer A-Listers all the way! And as an extra bit of trivia… Both Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin… Both of whom are love interest in this movie, both played roles that were antagonists to Michael Douglas, in two different films!
Rachel Ticotin played a, ‘Detective’ in Falling Down (1993)… And was one of the antagonists trying to stop Michael Douglas’s character, who is falling apart! And Sharon Stone is a villain in the movie, Basic Instinct (1992)… Both movies that came out after this one!
And of course the special effects are top drawer! Better than a lot of the modern CGI!
If you have not seen this movie yet, and have the chance, I highly recommend checking out Total Recall! It is more than well worth it!