Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall (1990, USA) C-113m. *** D: Paul Verhoeven. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside, Marshall Bell. Imaginative science-fiction thriller set in 2084, based on a short story by Philip K. Dick (BLADE RUNNER). Schwarzenegger plays a construction worker, whose life on Earth leaves him wanting. He harbors a secret desire to travel to Mars and one day decides to have a memory of a Mars holiday implanted in his brain. However, this triggers another memory, one that will make him question his identity altogether. Has he already been on Mars? What was his business there? Well-written, exciting sci-fi is one of Arnie's best vehicles, despite a rough, pretentious start. Dan O'Bannon (ALIEN) was among the writers. Score by Jerry Goldsmith. David Cronenberg was involved with this project before Verhoeven (ROBOCOP) took over.


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