MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#12 of 49) – Total Recall (1990) – Encore Review 3

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #12 of the 49.

Let’s continue with…

“If I am not me, then who the hell am I? ” – Douglas Quaid

Initial Viewing Memories – This is a film that I recall seeing on opening night and then a few more times in the theater. It was such a groundbreaking and amazing premise that still amazes even after more than 3 decades.

Number of Times Seen – Between 10-20 times (Three times in the theater in 1990, cable, video, DVD, 27 Apr 2015, 2 Jul 2019, 21 Jun 2021 and 7 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A construction worker seeking a thrill decides to get a memory implant that will let him experience the trip of his life, but this idea brings forth an interstellar conspiracy that he may or may not be a part of.

My Take on it – This movie came out during the hey-day of Arnold Schwarzenegger films and is among his very best.

The story is superb and is filled with lots of twists and turns along with some red herrings that help keep things so intriguing and enjoyable throughout.

The special effects of this movie were so groundbreaking at the time that they spawned a whole new age of futuristic effects.

The Academy gave them a special award for the effects since there was no way anyone else’s work that year would come even close to what they achieve here.

The action scenes are done really well and the way that the story plays out stays so engaging from start to finish.

They do a wonderful job creating the conspiracy theory premise and that adds so much to the intrigue of it all.

Love the way that the characters and world are both developed here and it remains so enjoyable no matter how often one watches things play out.

They leave the viewer with so much to ponder long after teh  credits roll because it all comes across so poignantly and powerfully.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was one of the last major Hollywood blockbusters to make large-scale use of miniature effects as opposed to CGI. It was also one of the first major Hollywood blockbusters to use CGI (mainly for the scenes involving the X-ray scanner) and have it look photo-realistic. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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