Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Total Recall - Review

Based (very, very loosely) on Philip K Dick’s short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, this has Arnold Schwarzenegger on an interplanetary romp to Mars after a memory implant goes horribly wrong and shadowy assassins inexplicably start to hunt him down. 

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Playing on Dick’s favourite obsessions of dubious reality and identity, the obvious surprise here is that any action movie starring “The Governator” could have such a delicate touch behind the countless explosions and eviscerations.

Yet it succeeds with a canny, likeable performance from the Austrian Oak, and a marvellously duplicitous plot that demands a second viewing.

And Paul “Robocop” Verhoeven proves yet again that there is no better director out there for disguising elegant, complex satire as big, dumb, violent entertainment.


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