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« on: January 18, 2019, 09:27:09 AM »

I hadn't watched Total Recall in a long time and had to be reminded of a few things;

1. It was made by the same team that made 'Alien'.

2. Jerry Goldsmith did the music.

3. Paul Verhoeven directed it.

4. It is absolutely one of the best action sci-fi movies ever made.

It's hard to imagine now just how big a star Schwarzenegger was in the 1980's and into the early 90's.  Despite the fact that he could not act to save his life, it really didn't matter.  He was Arnold, and that was enough, because whatever his voice acting talents are, Arnold nails physicality like no other actor besides St. Cruise.  But when Total Recall came out, it was unlike anything he had done before or since.

You know the plot, but do you remember just how FAST this movie is?  It was unreal watching it again.  At just under two hours, Total Recall ZOOMS along, very quickly establishing the plot and characters and getting right to the action almost immediately.

Think about the major things that happen within the first 30 minutes:

Quaid dreams about Mars
Quaid and his wife argue about Mars
Quaid sees an ad for Recall
Quaid's friend Harry advises him against going to Recall
Quaid goes to Recall and his cover is blown (or is it?)
Quaid wakes up in a Johnny Cab
Quaid is attacked by Harry and his goons
Quaid is attacked by Lori
Quaid is attacked and chased my Richter (Michael Fucking Ironside) and his goons

30 minutes and the movie does not take a breath.

And Arnold is GREAT in this movie.  Like Conan, he doesn't have to do a ton of acting, but a shit-ton of stunts, fights, chases, you name it.

Go back and re-watch TR like you've never seen it before and be amazed at what real action movies used to be like (John Wick notwithstanding).

Fun Notes:

During the scene with the salesguy at Recall talks about issues with travel that include: Lost Luggage (The lady he struggles to get his case from), Lousy Weather (The scene where they blow out the windows at the Mars spaceport), and crooked cab drivers (Benny).

This was Sharon Stone's first blockbuster film, and it paved the way for her role in Basic Instinct which would be released two years later, also directed by Verhoeven.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2019, 12:37:16 PM »

Yeah, it's still an amazing flick.  Goldsmith, Arnold, and Verhoven all at the top of their games.  The height of optical special effects.

Arnold's early career pretty much unparalleled.  Duke Wayne was in 82 movies before he did his break out film with John Ford, STAGE COACH.  Eighty-two.

Meanwhile, Arnold had done only 5 films before landing CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

In a span of 9 years (1982-1991), Arnold's hits included CONAN 1 & 2, PREDATOR, THE TERMINATOR, TERMINATOR 2, TWINS, KINDERGARTEN COP, COMMANDO, RED HEAT, RAW DEAL, RUNNING MAN, and TOTAL RECALL.

Yet he's also had perhaps the biggest downfall of any actor who didn't die.  He essentially would only make 2 other watchable flicks for the rest of his life, TRUE LIES (back in '94) and TERMINATOR 3 (2003).  If you're really generous, END OF DAYS (1999) too.

And that's pretty much it.  I guess he's now in TERMINATOR 6, which is now the new TERMINATOR 3 (pretending that it doesn't exist.... along with TERMINATOR's 4 and 5).

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