Total Recall

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * · · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * · · · )

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Total Recall was done by Paul Verhoeven of Robocop and Starship Troopers fame. Verhoeven is known for his fast paced and outlandish look at the future, his attention to politics of future societies, and extreme violence. Total Recall has all of the above. I was pretty young when I saw this movie, but I remember having deep philosophical argument with my friend Ben Frank about this one for months. Is it a dream? Is it real? What we are given allows no true conclusion, but either way it is a hell of a ride. One of my favorite unknown actors, Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers, V) plays a lieutenant thug, and is able to show every ounce of anger with nothing but a turn of the mouth. As mentioned Verhoeven loves to experiment with politics in his films ranging from the capitalist nightmare world of Robocop to the socalistic militant world of Starship Troopers. Total Recall is based on the rebellion against a dictator (Ronny Cox of Robocop) who even has control over the air. The movie is action packed, and very exciting. There is little to put at fault with this movie. The disc has a mild 5.1 sound track, but no worse than it was at the time of the movie. The picture is non-anamorphic and looks a little messy, but is livable. If you are a big fan of the movie, it isnt to be tossed aside.