Although Paul Verhoeven has mostly been all the rage in the Netherlands with raw, realistic movies, in Hollywood he is best known as a science fiction director. It owes that status in part to classic action and the sci-fi movie. Total recall, with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie can be seen on Veronica Saturday and you can Total recall streaming through Amazon Prime and Netflix, among others.
Douglas Quaid would love to go to Mars. As this is not possible, he contacts a company that sells souvenirs. That way he hopes to see something from Mars. However, something is wrong with putting the memories in his head. It reminds Douglas that he’s a secret agent fighting an enemy from Mars. From that moment on, he found himself in a whirlwind of events.
Evaluation guide.tv: ★★★★
After Verhoeven made his glorious Hollywood debut with RoboCop (1987) it went straight to another sci-fi movie. This time, he had access to lucrative star Arnold Schwarzenegger and a promising talent, who we would also see in Verhoeven’s next film: Sharon Stone. The story is wonderfully bizarre, but also pokes fun at American culture (again) and underscores Verhoeven’s reputation as a great satirist of the United States. It also contains scenes typical of Verhoevian, like the woman with three breasts. A must-see movie.
Besides Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Expendables) in Rachel Ticotin (Man on fire) are also Sharon Stone (Primary instinct) at Ronny Cox (RoboCop) featured in this movie. This production is directed by Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers).
Total recall (1990) is rated with a 7.5 on IMDb and can be seen on Veronica on Saturday January 23 at 10:10 pm. Genre: action, science fiction, thriller. Duration: 113 minutes.
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