Thursday, 5 July 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 191: Tue July 10

Total Recall (Verehoven, 1990): Hackney Picturehouse, 9pm

Time Out review:
'Re-released in advance of a remake starring Colin Farrell, Paul Verhoeven’s absurdist, ultraviolent 1990 space opera may be the weak link in his loose trilogy of satirical sci-fi splatter-coms (it’s not as witty as ‘Robocop’ or as smart as ‘Starship Troopers’), but it’s despicable fun. A miscast Arnold Schwarzeneggerplays Doug Quaid, the ordinary guy who discovers he’s a super-secret agent being hunted for his links to the Martian underground. Or is he? Verhoeven exploits this uncertainty remorselessly – we’re never sure how much of this is ‘real’ and how much is the product of Arnie’s addled  mind. Add to that a nice line in anti-corporate point-scoring, some of the wildest make-up effects ever devised and some brilliantly staged ass-kicking action, and this a magnificently enjoyable romp.' Tom Huddleston

Here is the trailer.

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