Based on the Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember it For You Wholesale," Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a man whose brain has been reformatted more times than a floppy disk. Is his life really happening, or is it just a computer role-playing game that's being pumped into his brain? Is he really who he thinks he is, or is his "soul" an Artificial Intelligence that has grown comfortable to this muscle-bound unit of wetware? The mindgames in "Total Recall" are far more interesting than the initially shocking but ultimately
boring dose of ultraviolence. It's impossible to spoil the plot, because you've already seen it a million times before: Arnie gets the girl and all the cardboard- cutout bad guys die painful deaths. Enough interesting things happen to make it a good movie, but you'll leave thinking about how it could have been a *great* movie.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
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Director Paul Verhoeven is known for his surrealist eye and his penchant for gore. Besides "Total Recall" and "RoboCop," he also directed "The Fourth Man," a bizarre Dali-eque tale of murder, mysticism, and homosexual obsession.