Watched Jul 26, 2012
Adam Moody’s review:
Intergalactic intrigue, conspiracy, mystery, romance, satire, and tons of violence make up this sci-fi delight. Paul Verhoeven returns to the distinctive style he introduced in RoboCop (1987), and takes it to a whole new level. Surging through dazzling settings and endless twists, you never quite know what is going on making the experience all the more engrossing. A wet dream for action junkies and brimming with the type of intellectual, experimental intelligence you would expect from a Phillip K. Dick adaptation - based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Douglas Quaid, a construction worker on futuristic Earth who dreams of adventures on Mars. He inadvertently stumbles upon a Rekall, an organization designed to give customers artificial memories as real as if they had actually happened. Quaid sees this as an opportunity to satisfy his Mars dreams without having to go against his wife, played by the stunning Sharon Stone. But when the procedure goes haywire, he finds himself with the memory of being a secret agent and that he is being hunted by corrupt Mars Governor, Vilos Cohaagen. Schwarzenegger is perfect for his role as a futuristic secret agent fighting government agents in order to uncover the truth. Rachel Ticotin and Sharon Stone are Quaid's two mysterious love interests. While Ronny Cox and Michael Ironside play Cohaagen and his violent Lieutenant, Richter.
Verhoeven steps up his game with the visually stunning sets, from the industrialized areas of Earth to the socially chaotic streets of Mars, ending in its eye-scortchingly red deserts. There is a diverse supply of characters and creatures inhabiting the film - three-breasted prostitutes, midget strippers, psychic mutants, etc - adding to the bizarrely unique atmosphere. Thriving from a strong, intrically complex story, Verhoeven proves himself as a master at immensely entertaining hybrid filmmaking. There is enough substance here to keep you coming back for multiple viewings.