Total Recall (1990)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1990.  Carolco Pictures.  Screen story by , , , Screenplay by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, , based on the short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Ronald Shusett.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Thrilling, original science-fiction film stars as a construction worker in a futuristic society where people can take cruise vacations on Saturn. After having a recurring dream about a strange woman on Mars, he goes to a dream implantation clinic that specializes in providing memories of trips never taken (at half the cost!). His memory implantation triggers an old personality in his brain that turns out to be who he originally was, a government secret service agent from Mars who was erased by his superiors and dumped onto Earth with a phony job and hired wife (). Now he has to find out what he was up to before his memory was erased, and find the woman of his dreams who might also have some clues to his identity. Featuring top-notch visual effects, most of which stand the test of time for their ingenuity, this film features a terrific screenplay based on Philip Dick’s story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. Paul Verhoeven emphasizes a razor-sharp futuristic look in the art direction that is strongly reminiscent of his sci-fi masterpiece Robocop.

Academy Award:  Special Achievement in Visual Effects
Nominations: Best Sound; Best Sound Effects Editing

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