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Total Recall
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Aug 23, 2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Paul Verhoeven

Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sharon Stone
Michael Ironside

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Douglas Quaid dreams of Mars until he goes to Rekall, a vacation brain implant provider, to experience it firsthand. He gets more than he bargained for as his supposed vacation becomes a real life nightmare and everything he thought he knew about himself turns out to be a lie.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I wasn't allowed to see this in theaters because it looked too gory (which it was), but once it hit video I went to my grandparents house (where I was allowed to watch whatever I wanted) and I was all over this bad boy. Coincidentally, Grammy's is also where I kept my copies of THE RUNNING MAN, COBRA, DELIRIOUS and RAW. Ah, the good old days. I loved TOTAL RECALL and I doubt anyone can dispute the fact that this was Schwarzenegger, Sci-Fi, Action and Paul Verhoeven at their best. This flick is a badass, testosterone infused rip from start to finish. I wouldn't change a thing about it...aside from the fact they did a remake, but that's a rant for another day.

Arnold's physical prowess was stellar here and so was his body count. This is one violent movie, but it only feels that way because everyone that gets shot is shredded into spaghetti and meatballs with extra red sauce. I'm not squeamish in the slightest, but even I winced a couple times. Storyline is also pretty tight. We get government conspiracies, brainwashing, aliens on Mars and a chick with three boobs. Hell, even Peter Griffin pays those three beauties some homage when Quagmire asks the group about a chick they'd nail, real or fictitious.

Even the dialogue was great, for a Schwarzenegger flick, or at least not as hokey as it became in his later years. There's loads of classic one liners to go around and some top notch scenes that still hold up today (the skeleton screening device at the airport is classic), but I still cringe every time I watch him pull that tracking device out of his nose or his eyes nearly pop out of his skull on Mars (that huge ass tracking module is an eyesore as well). Still, I have to say this movie holds its own and is a pure joy to watch time and time again.

TOTAL RECALL is one of the best action flicks of all time if you ask me. Arnold will always be my hero and for that reason these movies will never fade to black. Michael Ironside and Ronny Cox are also sensational villains and give Doug a run for his money. The female cast was alright, but it wasn't really about them anyway. All that said, there isn't much here to merit a double dip so keep that in mind, but for what it is, TOTAL RECALL is all aces in my book and is definitely a must own in some capacity.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: As I said, this is the best commentary ever. I dare you to try and sit through it with a straight face. It's just not possible.

Interview with Director Paul Verhoeven: It was cool to see how he got hold of the script and become part of the project. Damn, a three hour window to read it and decide, that's cutting it close to the wire.

Making-Of Featurette: I never get tired of watching the Rekall commercial, it always makes me smile.

Models and Skeletons: The Special Effects of Total Recall: This is where the film truly shines as this was absolutely groundbreaking at the time and still looks pretty damn good if you ask me (all things considered).

"Imagining Total Recall" Documentary: Here we see the thought process and many faces of the creative team behind this phenomenal concept and idea.

Previews: There's a theatrical trailer, a photo gallery and some restored comparisons from before and after the upgrade to HD.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The commentary for TOTAL RECALL if by far the funniest commentary I've ever heard...because it's not supposed to be. If you haven't heard it, it's (literally) Arnold verbally walking us through every scene and laughing. Trust me, he ain't the only one.
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