Ep. 05-35: Total Recall (1990)

TOTAL RECALL (1990)—Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a bored construction worker in the year 2084, dreams of visiting colonized Mars. He uses “Rekall,” a company that plants false memories into people’s brains, in order to experience the thrill of Mars without having to travel there. But something goes wrong, and Quaid discovers that his entire life is actually a false memory and that the people who implanted it in him now want him dead.

Welcome to our third outing with Philip K. Dick (Minority Report; Blade Runner) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator; T2: Judgement Day) and our second with the director, Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers; Robocop). Total Recall (1990) was extremely popular and innovative at the time but has not aged well. Join us as we discuss the pros (Bottin’s FX; the supporting cast) and cons (Schwarzenegger) that may separate it from the average genre fair, though no longer lift it. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys journeys to Mars… or did we? Perhaps this episode is merely a memory implant and we never really recorded it at all!



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