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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Total Recall by Paul Verhoeven, 1990 (R)

with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator), Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside, Marshall Bell, Mel Johnson Jr., Roy Brocksmith, Ray Baker, Alexia Robinson, Mark Carlton, Debbie Lee Carrington, Robert Costanzo, Marc Alaimo, Anne Lockhart
From the director of Robocop.

Based on a Philip K. Dick story, Paul Verhoeven's violent, Oscar-winning sci-fi adventure follows construction worker Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip. Sharon Stone co-stars in this mind-bending thriller.

Nothing compares to the 2012 version of Total Recall. I didn't remember the movie well so I watched again. I was surprised by the esthetic of the 1990s, not very accurate in terms of futuristic vision, quite gore and in a way, a bit cheap (specially since it is the same director as Robocop and Robocop looks much more modern) and with a kitsch Schwarzy, but nevertheless, a far better version of the K. Dick story. It has a great sense of derision, the intrigue is better hang on, the action is more scenario driven white the new one has perfect fights, special effects, and not much of acting and story. I got really hooked, and funnily, I felt watching the new version that they had made really significant changes to the script, but the reality is they kept everything of the structure and pretty much the same "Jokes".
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  1. I haven't seen the remake yet because I love this movie so much. Plus, I've only heard awful things.

    and with a kitsch Schwarzy... awesome sentence lol

    1. Hum, yes, there is very little chance you're going to like the new version, it flattened all the concept to the main lines of the script, destroying the intrigue. But let me know anyway when you see it!