Total RecallGet ready for the ride
of your life.
MARIO KASSAR and ANDREW VAJNA present a CAROLCO/RONALD SHUSETT production
Ok... before getting into this thing, I have to admit to all that 'Total Recall' is my favorite movie of all time. Seriously! Now, I know this is no 'Gone with the Wind' or 'Casablanca', but there is just something about this movie that draws me into it every time I see it.
I once was a manager at a Software Etc. store here in Las Vegas, and when Goldstar released the CD-I movie adapter for their 3DO multiplayer, we (obviously) had to demonstrate this nifty add-on for the public. It just so happened that the unit came with 'Total Recall', which was already one of my favorite films. Well, to make a long story longer, for about 4 weeks straight (until the 3DO malfunctioned) my 8 hours a day of retail strife was made easier by the man himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. (I always thought it was cool when the hooker with 3 breasts was displayed on our 4 monitors that faced the mall... Hell, I don't think anyone even noticed... after all, this *IS* Las Vegas!)
Ok... 'Total Recall' is loosely based on a short story called 'We can remember it for you, wholesale' written by a gentleman named Phillip K. Dick. In a nutshell, this film is about an ordinary guy (in the year 2084) who discovers quite by accident that he is really someone else, and his prior life has been hidden from him by a memory cap. The roller-coaster pace of this movie, spectacular special effects, great writing, and great cinematography all make this movie one of the best Sci-Fi films ever made.
Although Arnold is one of my favorite actors, this has to be one of his worst acted roles in history. (I always say every line he has in 'Total Recall' is a "one-liner"... you'll see what I mean!) However odd this sounds, it doesn't detract *ANY* from the movie. In fact, in a very strange way, it adds to the enjoyment (I mean, who doesn't love saying their favorite Arnold quote from 'Total Recall'? "See you at the party, Richter!").
'Total Recall' is directed by Paul Verhoeven of "Starship Troopers" fame. The special effects, although close to 9 years old by production standards, hold up nicely when compared to today's CGI laced thrillers. Before CGI could produce usable images, the fine folks down at DreamQuest ("The Abyss") used ANIMATION to give the illusion of eyes popping out of their sockets and magical x-ray security machines at the local subway. Simply amazing to behold, I am sure that 'Total Recall' will still hold up 9 more years from now.
I really can't think of anything else to say about this movie. I love it, I think you'll love it, and if you can find it, the letterbox edition is the way to go. 'Total Recall' is rated "R" for violence, language, adult situations, and brief (albeit mutant) nudity. Not a great film for the kids, but a fantastic way to spend 113 minutes of pulse pounding, gear grinding action best enjoyed on a weekend with a bunch of pals over beer and hot dogs.
(EDITOR'S NOTE ABOUT THE DVD EDITION OF TOTAL RECALL) Ok... now that all know that 'Total Recall' is my favorite movie of all time, all should be aware that due to some pretty strange occurances, I have never viewed 'Total Recall' in a movie theatre. Well, after having viewed the DVD version of the film, all I can say is that I have now had a religious experience. The best I have ever seen this movie look is on a hi-fi VHS letterbox tape (until now!)... and the DVD opens new doors to video just as CD opens new doors to audio cassette tape. I emplore all movie lovers to embrace DVD as the (for now) permanent movie format. Much easier (with higher resolution and color depth) to handle than 12" laserdiscs, and with a video quality (based on MPEG2 compression, same used in DSS broadcasts), that can only be described as amazing, DVD will make you gaze in amazement at your TV and utter (if you are even able to speak!) "Oh my God!" as you watch all your favorite movies again for the 1st time.
Just remember to bring the crash helmet and the first aid kit...