History Film / TotalRecall1990

19th Oct '17 12:52:23 PM universalperson
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%%* AllJustADream: ... OrWasItADream

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%%* AllJustADream: ... OrWasItADream* AllAccordingToPlan: Played with. When Cohaagen reveals that [[spoiler: he arranged everything so that Quaid would lead him to Kuato]] Quaid dismisses this as "[[GambitRoulette too perfect]]". Cohaagen then reveals it ''didn't'' go perfectly, thanks to [[spoiler: Quaid's trip to Rekall setting things off early and Richter screwing up a year's worth of planning]]. Cohaagen then admits amazement that it worked at all.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:At the end, Quaid wonders if all the events that happened were merely a dream. The movie leaves it ambiguous.]]
11th Oct '17 1:16:19 PM IdumeanPatriot
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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: When Melina isn't fighting to liberate Mars, she works as a prostitute. Most of the Last Resort's professional personnel seems to count as well, actually.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: When Melina isn't fighting to liberate Mars, she works as a prostitute. Most of the Last Resort's professional personnel seems to count as well, actually. Though it's not quite clear whether Melina really does this work, or just uses it as a cover to meet with resistance agents without arousing suspicions.
3rd Aug '17 1:12:59 PM Sumatris
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* TrackingChip: Quaid has been implanted with a tracking chip in his head which he manages to find out about and remove before the bad guys can reach him.

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* TrackingChip: Quaid has been implanted with a tracking chip in his head which he manages to find out about and remove before the bad guys can reach him. Said "chip" has the size and approximate shape of a .45 ACP bullet and is encased in something akin to a small ping-pong ball, which seriously stressed the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief about how Quaid didn't notice a foreign body of these dimensions loitering somewhere around his sinuses.
3rd Aug '17 8:58:50 AM Sumatris
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* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: The boss of the Rekall branch that Quaid visits calls his female chief technician a bitch during his freak-out about his client's violent reaction to the procedure. She takes it largely in stride.
3rd Aug '17 8:45:42 AM Sumatris
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** The looks Quaid's wife and colleagues give him in the beginning every time he doesn't notice practically scream "these folks aren't nearly as friendly as they pretend to be".
3rd Aug '17 8:40:37 AM Sumatris
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* EatingTheEyeCandy: The female receptionist at Rekall takes obvious pleasure in ogling Quaid when he turns around to wait for his appointment.
3rd Aug '17 8:37:12 AM Sumatris
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The movie completely ignores the fact that getting guns or knives shot out of one's hand would not only hurt like hell and probably blow off some fingers, it would also leave said hand paralyzed for quite a while at the very least. Richter [[FreezeFrameBonus briefly shaking his hand]] after Quaid relieved him of his shotgun this way is the film's only concession to this end, and he goes back to full combat readiness immediately afterwards.
3rd Aug '17 8:27:42 AM Sumatris
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* DesignatedGirlfight: Lori and Melina engage in a brutal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown about two thirds into the movie while Quaid takes care of Lori's male backup. [[spoiler:Lori eventually gets the upper hand, forcing Quaid to [[BoomHeadshot intervene]] in order to save Melina's life.]]
3rd Aug '17 7:28:53 AM Sumatris
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* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler:When Lori gets shot in the head by Quaid, the wound is nothing more than a small hole with a trickle of blood leaking out.]]

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* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler:When Lori gets shot in the head by Quaid, the wound is nothing more than a small hole with a trickle of blood leaking out.]]]] Notably, it's the only example of this trope in the movie. Everyone else who checks out via BoomHeadshot gets their brains splattered across whatever's behind them.
3rd Aug '17 7:22:55 AM Sumatris
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* BenevolentPrecursors: Although it's never explained why they didn't activate it themselves, the [[spoiler:atmosphere-creating terraforming device]] left behind by the aliens it not only still fully functional [[RagnarokProofing after half a million years of being buried in a mountain]], it can also be activated by a human simply placing one hand on the huge, easily discernible power-up button.
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