Total Recall Review
Directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Ironside, Sharon Stone and Ronnie Cox Total Recall is a Sci-Fi/Actioner that is one of those rare breeds of movie that manages to combine both style and substance.
The year is 2084 and Schwarzenegger plays Douglas Quaid - a construction worker who dreams of a new life on Mars. Frustrated by his wife's reluctance to leave Earth, Quaid visits Rekall to have a virtual trip to the red planet implanted into his memory. When the procedure goes wrong Quaid finds his whole life being turned upside down and begins to question whether the man he believes himself to be may simply be a previously implanted memory - is he in reality a ruthless double agent named Hauser sent under deep cover to infiltrate the Mars underground movement in order to find and kill mutant leader Quato?
What makes Total Recall a modern sci-fi classic is the fact that the dream versus reality question is never really answered, yet it works equally well if either scenario were to be true. With some slick set pieces and graphic violence aplenty, Total Recall is directed with real dedication and flair showing both Verhoeven and Schwarzenegger at their very best.