Movie Review: Total Recall (1990)


Summary from IMDB:

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he?

Jami’s Comments: I wish I could totally recall this movie from my brain. While a SciFi flick that should have been my cup of tea, I had a hard time sitting through the entire thing. And not because it was Chris’ idea to watch it, though it totally was. I thought the movie was extremely gratuitously violent. I ended up not being able to watch about half of it except through my fingers. I called the plot arc within the first five minutes. And what is with that three breasted woman? Just. What? I didn’t like this movie at all. When it ended I told Chris I was going to find the girliest chick flick and make him watch that.

Chris’ Comments: I thought the movie followed Philip K. Dick’s way of thinking, but I have not read this particular book, so I can’t compare the movie to the book. But the movie asked his type of questions. What is reality? And what is just a matter of perception? The movie was pretty crazy and over the top. It is hard to even describe. I found it very funny for its dramatic scenes. Guns that never run out of bullets. The inability to hit someone ten feet in from of them with a hundred rounds. The alien baby growth out of the side of another person. I found it all very over the top and entertaining to watch. It is not the deepest or most thought provoking movie I’ve seen, but it is a good laugh.



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