For his part, director Paul Verhoeven joyously showcases ultra-violence in Total Recall, sticking it in the audience's face. Indeed, the entire milieu of the film is as downbeat as it is shot through with glee.
What is reality? What is identity? How long can a soul survive when one's perceptions and one's self are subject to electronic editing at a moment's whim? These and many other fascinating questions are raised and almost immediately dropped in Total Recall.
Total Recall presented Arnold in his action star mode and the movie was a modest success. Still it wasn't a big enough hit to justify a remake some twenty years later. But remake it they did and now Colin Farrell is the star.
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