History Film / TotalRecall1990

19th Feb '17 9:58:33 AM MCanter89
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->''"[[CallToAdventure Get your ass to Mars]]."''

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->''"[[CallToAdventure ->"''[[CallToAdventure Get your ass to Mars]]."''
Mars.]]''"






* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Hauser, who in his last video diary continues to act friendly towards Quaid and apologizes that he needs his body back]].

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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Hauser, [[spoiler:Hauser, who in his last video diary continues to act friendly towards Quaid and apologizes that he needs his body back]].back.]]



** Or these are clues that these events are not real....

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** Or these are clues that these events are not real....real...



%%* {{Ax Crazy}}: Richter shows signs of this. [[spoiler:So does Lori and Benny.]]

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%%* {{Ax Crazy}}: AxCrazy: Richter shows signs of this. [[spoiler:So does Lori and Benny.]]



%%* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler: Benny]] and, believe it or not, [[spoiler: Hauser.]]
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Harry, Lori, Benny and Hauser]].

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%%* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler: Benny]] [[spoiler:Benny]] and, believe it or not, [[spoiler: Hauser.[[spoiler:Hauser.]]
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Harry, [[spoiler:Harry, Lori, Benny and Hauser]].



%%* BodyHorror: Mutants, especially [[spoiler: Kuato]]. The latter is basically a deformed baby sticking out of the abdomen of a grown man.

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%%* BodyHorror: Mutants, especially [[spoiler: Kuato]].[[spoiler:Kuato]]. The latter is basically a deformed baby sticking out of the abdomen of a grown man.



* BoomHeadshot: Quaid kills both [[spoiler: Dr. Edgemar]] and [[spoiler: Lori]] this way.

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* BoomHeadshot: Quaid kills both [[spoiler: Dr. [[spoiler:Dr. Edgemar]] and [[spoiler: Lori]] [[spoiler:Lori]] this way.



--> '''Quaid''': Are you all right? Are you still you?
--> '''Melina''': I'm not sure, dear.

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--> '''Quaid''': -->'''Quaid''': Are you all right? Are you still you?
--> '''Melina''': -->'''Melina''': I'm not sure, dear.



* DarkIsNotEvil / LightIsNotGood: Ironically, the script makes [[spoiler: lovable blonde girl-next-door Lori a villain]], while [[spoiler: the dark-skinned, slutty ("sleazy," to use Quaid's term), and rude Melina is the sympathetic one]].
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Cohaagen, who controls all the air on Mars, ''dies in the thin atmosphere of the Red Planet''.]]

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* DarkIsNotEvil / LightIsNotGood: Ironically, the script makes [[spoiler: lovable [[spoiler:lovable blonde girl-next-door Lori a villain]], while [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the dark-skinned, slutty ("sleazy," to use Quaid's term), and rude Melina is the sympathetic one]].
one.]]
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Cohaagen, [[spoiler:Cohaagen, who controls all the air on Mars, ''dies in the thin atmosphere of the Red Planet''.]]



%%* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Hauser. Mindfuck, much?]]

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%%* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Hauser.[[spoiler:Hauser. Mindfuck, much?]]



** Or, you know, [[MindScrew that's just his vacation ending.]]

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** Or, you know, [[MindScrew that's just his vacation ending.]]ending]].



* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler: Quaid not being the original personality, ''technically'' he is the bodyjacker in the entire situation. Quaid was only supposed to temporarily take over to lead Cohaagen and Hauser to the resistance. [[GoneHorriblyWrong Quaid didn't want to give it back.]] ]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Richter's enthusiasm to kill Quaid appears to be based primarily around the fact that Richter's wife was the agent assigned to pose as Quaid's wife Lori. And that she clearly enjoyed several aspects of that particular mission. [[spoiler: At least until Lori gets killed, at which point his motives centre on good old-fashioned revenge.]] There are also added implications from [[spoiler: his original alias, Hauser]] being best friends with his BadBoss, Cohaagen.

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* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler: Quaid [[spoiler:Quaid not being the original personality, ''technically'' he is the bodyjacker in the entire situation. Quaid was only supposed to temporarily take over to lead Cohaagen and Hauser to the resistance. [[GoneHorriblyWrong Quaid didn't want to give it back.]] back]].]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Richter's enthusiasm to kill Quaid appears to be based primarily around the fact that Richter's wife was the agent assigned to pose as Quaid's wife Lori. And that she clearly enjoyed several aspects of that particular mission. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least until Lori gets killed, at which point his motives centre on good old-fashioned revenge.]] There are also added implications from [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his original alias, Hauser]] Hauser,]] being best friends with his BadBoss, Cohaagen.



-->'''Cohaagen''': First you try to kill Quaid, then he escapes!
-->'''Richter''': He had help from our side, sir.
-->'''Cohaagen''': I know that.
-->'''Richter''': But I thought...
-->'''Cohaagen''': Who told you to think? I don't give you enough information to think. You do what you're told. That's what you do.
* IHaveAFamily: Benny the cab driver has four kids to feed, and likes to bring it up to potential fares. [[spoiler: [[BlatantLies Or was it]] [[TheMole five?]]]]

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-->'''Cohaagen''': -->'''Cohaagen:''' First you try to kill Quaid, then he escapes!
-->'''Richter''': -->'''Richter:''' He had help from our side, sir.
-->'''Cohaagen''': -->'''Cohaagen:''' I know that.
-->'''Richter''': -->'''Richter:''' But I thought...
-->'''Cohaagen''': -->'''Cohaagen:''' Who told you to think? I don't give you enough information to think. You do what you're told. That's what you do.
* IHaveAFamily: Benny the cab driver has four kids to feed, and likes to bring it up to potential fares. [[spoiler: [[BlatantLies [[spoiler:[[BlatantLies Or was it]] [[TheMole five?]]]]five]]?]]



* IronicEcho: Richter gives Quaid a mocking "See you at the party". [[spoiler:[[BondOneLiner Quaid later repeats it after killing him.]]]]

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* IronicEcho: Richter gives Quaid a mocking "See you at the party". [[spoiler:[[BondOneLiner Quaid later repeats it after killing him.]]]]him]].]]



* IWarnedYou: After being constantly brow beaten by Cohaagen for trying to kill Quaid rather than following the plan through, Richter very smugly demands his boss' next approach when it fails and Quaid escapes, leaving him on the brink of losing power.

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* IWarnedYou: After being constantly brow beaten browbeaten by Cohaagen for trying to kill Quaid rather than following the plan through, Richter very smugly demands his boss' next approach when it fails and Quaid escapes, leaving him on the brink of losing power.



-->'''Richter:''' About god damn time.

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-->'''Richter:''' About god damn goddamn time.



* {{Lobotomy}}: Quaid is told by one of his co-workers it is what nearly happened to a friend of his when he went to Rekall. Later in the movie, [[spoiler:Quaid is told that he is hallucinating the adventure in his brain and that if he doesn't exit it, he will be lobotomised. It's left ambiguous as to whether the man who told Quaid was lying or whether Quaid was indeed lobotomised.]] [[note]]It's more about how laymen misuse the term "lobotomy" to refer to any sort of brain-tampering effect that diminishes intellect or willpower. Lobotomy is actually a specific clinical procedure -- the surgical severing of a particular cluster of nerve fibers -- so having one's mind damaged by Rekall's ''non-surgical'' memory-modification technology wouldn't qualify as one.[[/note]]

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* {{Lobotomy}}: Quaid is told by one of his co-workers it is what nearly happened to a friend of his when he went to Rekall. Later in the movie, [[spoiler:Quaid is told that he is hallucinating the adventure in his brain and that if he doesn't exit it, he will be lobotomised. It's left ambiguous as to whether the man who told Quaid was lying or whether Quaid was indeed lobotomised.]] [[note]]It's more about how laymen misuse the term "lobotomy" to refer to any sort of brain-tampering effect that diminishes intellect or willpower. Lobotomy is actually a specific clinical procedure -- the procedure--the surgical severing of a particular cluster of nerve fibers -- so fibers--so having one's mind damaged by Rekall's ''non-surgical'' memory-modification technology wouldn't qualify as one.[[/note]]



* LookBehindYou: How the {{Hologram}} wrist device is used.

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* LookBehindYou: How the {{Hologram}} {{hologram}} wrist device is used.



* MakeAnExampleOfThem: The reason Cohaggen gives for [[MoralEventHorizon letting the mutants in Venusville die of asphyxiation.]]

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* MakeAnExampleOfThem: The reason Cohaggen Cohaagen gives for [[MoralEventHorizon letting the mutants in Venusville die of asphyxiation.]]



* MemoryGambit: [[spoiler:Hauser wiped his memories and rebuilt his personality as Quaid, in order to make it easier to infiltrate the resistance. Unfortunately for Hauser and Cohaggen, Quaid experiences severe AmnesiacDissonance upon finding out the truth, and decides that he will rather remain Qauid and do whatever he can to derail Cohaggen's plan.]]

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* MemoryGambit: [[spoiler:Hauser wiped his memories and rebuilt his personality as Quaid, in order to make it easier to infiltrate the resistance. Unfortunately for Hauser and Cohaggen, Cohaagen, Quaid experiences severe AmnesiacDissonance upon finding out the truth, and decides that he will rather remain Qauid Quaid and do whatever he can to derail Cohaggen's Cohaagen plan.]]



** Quaid and Melina, who somehow instantly recover from [[spoiler:Decompression]] fairly quickly, despite it being previously shown to turn people into jelly.
** It seems that the [[spoiler: alien reactor]] also managed to bring the air pressure to Earth-Norm, but it still shouldn't have been that fast.

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** Quaid and Melina, who somehow instantly recover from [[spoiler:Decompression]] [[spoiler:decompression]] fairly quickly, despite it being previously shown to turn people into jelly.
** It seems that the [[spoiler: alien [[spoiler:alien reactor]] also managed to bring the air pressure to Earth-Norm, but it still shouldn't have been that fast.



%%* PluckyComicRelief: Benny, [[spoiler: until being revealed as TheMole]].

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%%* PluckyComicRelief: Benny, [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until being revealed as TheMole]].



** From [[spoiler: the bomb itself]]: "Get ready for a surpriiiise!"

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** From [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the bomb itself]]: "Get ready for a surpriiiise!"



%%* PsychoForHire: Richter, [[spoiler: Lori and Benny]].

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%%* PsychoForHire: Richter, [[spoiler: Lori [[spoiler:Lori, and Benny]].



* ScaryBlackMan: [[spoiler: TheMole Benny, especially when he psychotically taunts Doug and Melina while trying to kill them with his drill vehicle]].
* SchrodingersButterfly: [[spoiler:Is it a memory implant gone awry, or all real? In the short story ''We Can Remember It for You Wholesale'' that inspired this (can't say based on, can't even say very, very loosely based on), it ''did'' really happen.]]

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* ScaryBlackMan: [[spoiler: TheMole [[spoiler:TheMole Benny, especially when he psychotically taunts Doug and Melina while trying to kill them with his drill vehicle]].
vehicle.]]
* SchrodingersButterfly: [[spoiler:Is it a memory implant gone awry, awry or all real? In the short story ''We "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale'' Wholesale" that inspired this (can't say based on, can't even say very, very loosely based on), it ''did'' really happen.]]



** To ''Capricorn One''.

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** To ''Capricorn One''.''Film/CapricornOne''.



* TheStinger: Not in the movie itelf, but on the Deluxe Edition of the soundtrack album the final track ("A New Life") is followed after a brief pause by [[spoiler: the music from the Rekall commercial Quaid watches ("For the memory of a lifetime - Rekall, Rekall, Rekall...")]].

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* TheStinger: Not in the movie itelf, itself, but on the Deluxe Edition of the soundtrack album album, the final track ("A New Life") is followed after a brief pause by [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the music from the Rekall commercial Quaid watches ("For the memory of a lifetime - Rekall, Rekall, Rekall...")]].



* TantrumThrowing: Cohaggen, after a snide Richter finally gets him to call for Quaid's death, pauses solemnly for a moment...and then smashes a nearby fish tank.

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* TantrumThrowing: Cohaggen, Cohaagen, after a snide Richter finally gets him to call for Quaid's death, pauses solemnly for a moment...and then smashes a nearby fish tank.



** [[spoiler: After Quaid rejects his mind reformatting and threatens to turn on the machine, Cohaagen is despondent when finally giving the order to execute him, even ignoring [[IWarnedYou Richter sassing him a little]]. After a short moment of silence, he suddenly snaps and shoves his ornamental fishbowl onto the ground.]]

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** [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After Quaid rejects his mind reformatting and threatens to turn on the machine, Cohaagen is despondent when finally giving the order to execute him, even ignoring [[IWarnedYou Richter sassing him a little]]. After a short moment of silence, he suddenly snaps and shoves his ornamental fishbowl onto the ground.]]



--> '''Cohaagen:''' "Now, here's a message from someone you trust..." (switches on computer screen)\\
[[spoiler: '''Hauser:''' Hey, buddy!]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Quaid has no qualms about shooting Lori, after she triumphs in a DesignatedGirlFight and sneakily starts to reach for her gun.
-->'''[[spoiler:Lori:]] ''' [[spoiler:Honey,]] [[YouWouldntShootMe you wouldn't hurt me]][[spoiler:, after all, we are married.]]\\

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--> '''Cohaagen:''' "Now, -->'''Cohaagen:''' Now, here's a message from someone you trust..." trust... (switches on computer screen)\\
[[spoiler: '''Hauser:''' [[spoiler:'''Hauser:''' Hey, buddy!]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Quaid has no qualms about shooting Lori, [[spoiler:Lori]], after she triumphs in a DesignatedGirlFight and sneakily starts to reach for her gun.
-->'''[[spoiler:Lori:]] ''' [[spoiler:Honey,]] [[YouWouldntShootMe you wouldn't hurt me]][[spoiler:, after me]]. [[spoiler:After all, we are married.]]\\
29th Jan '17 7:19:31 PM Psi001
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* PrecisionFStrike: After asked by subordinates how to deal with the welfare of Venusville with their oxygen deprived, Cohaagen gives a nonchalant "Fuck 'em".
16th Jan '17 4:27:18 AM Kalaong
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* AmbiguousEnding: The day is saved, Mars is liberated from Cohaagen and terraformed to now be a breathable planet. But we're left unsure if the whole adventure was truly real or if it was all part of Quaid's recall program. Needless to say, the film leaves it up to the audience to decide. In the commentary, Verhoeven thinks the movies was [[AllJustADream all in Quaid's head]] while Schwarzenegger thinks that it all happened for real.

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* AmbiguousEnding: The day is saved, Mars is liberated from Cohaagen and terraformed to now be a breathable planet. But we're left unsure if the whole adventure was truly real or if it was all part of Quaid's recall program.implanted memory. Needless to say, the film leaves it up to the audience to decide. In the commentary, Verhoeven thinks the movies movie was [[AllJustADream all in Quaid's head]] while Schwarzenegger thinks that it all happened for real.
31st Dec '16 5:11:54 PM chizo
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* ActionGirl: Melina. Thumbelina qualifies due to how much ass she kicks during the brothel shootout.

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* ActionGirl: Lori and Melina. Thumbelina qualifies due to how much ass she kicks during the brothel shootout.
27th Dec '16 11:19:22 PM alliedcola
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*** Actually, [[spoiler:the hologram]] appears to absorb the bullets, which is why nobody dies in the first scene, and the goons die in the latter scene because [[spoiler:Melina turns off the hologram while they're still firing at it]].
18th Dec '16 12:47:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* SelfDisposingVillain: [[spoiler:Technically, Quaid kills neither Richter nor Cohaagen. The first one has his arms cut off by a moving elevator and [[DisneyVillainDeath falls to his death]], and the BigBad suffocates when exposed to Martian atmosphere]].
3rd Nov '16 2:38:24 PM DimensionalShambler
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** There are so many things wrong with Mars in this film.
*** The finale is especially egregious though: melting the frozen core of the planet fills the atmosphere with water, turning Mars into an earth-like, perfectly viable planet in a few seconds. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, it makes perfect sense.]] Bigger problem: a ''frozen planetary core?!'' The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideal_gas_law ideal gas law]], ''PV = nrT'', shows that pressure and temperature are positively correlated (ie the higher the pressure, the higher the temperature). Think about it.
*** Another problem with Mars is how the atmosphere is treated. In reality, Mars has an atmosphere that's too thin for humans to breathe, but the movie treats it as though there's no atmosphere whatsoever so that when someone steps outside, they're essentially in the vacuum of space. They also [[ExplosiveDecompression violently swell up]], something that realistically wouldn't even happen in space, and ''really'' wouldn't happen on the surface of Mars.
*** Actually, the Martian atmosphere is only about 1% of that of Earth, which the inside of the domes would match, so for all practical purposes a breach would be the same as if it were space outside as far as the air pressure goes.

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** There are so many things wrong with Mars in this film.
***
The finale is especially egregious though: melting the [[spoiler:involves Mars' frozen water core of the planet fills the atmosphere with water, being unfrozen and turning Mars into an earth-like, perfectly viable planet in a few seconds. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, it makes perfect sense.]] Bigger problem: a ''frozen planetary core?!'' The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideal_gas_law ideal gas law]], ''PV = nrT'', shows that pressure and temperature are positively correlated (ie the higher the pressure, the higher the temperature). Think about it.
*** Another problem with Mars is how the atmosphere is treated. In reality, Mars has an atmosphere that's too thin for humans to breathe, but the movie treats it as though there's no atmosphere whatsoever so that when someone steps outside, they're essentially in the vacuum of space. They also [[ExplosiveDecompression violently swell up]], something that realistically wouldn't even happen in space, and ''really'' wouldn't happen on the surface of Mars.
*** Actually, the Martian atmosphere is only about 1% of that of Earth, which the inside of the domes would match, so for all practical purposes a breach would be the same as if it were space outside as far as the air pressure goes.
green, Earthy paradise immediately.]]
26th Oct '16 11:37:29 AM VicGeorge2011
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* BerserkButton: Johnny Cab doesn't take kindly to anyone refusing to pay the fare. When Quaid escapes using a Johnny Cab, he refues to pay the fare, which prompts Johnny Cab into trying to run him over.

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* BerserkButton: Johnny Cab doesn't take kindly to anyone refusing to pay the fare. When Quaid escapes using a Johnny Cab, he refues refuses to pay the fare, which prompts Johnny Cab into trying to run him over.
26th Oct '16 2:06:39 AM Arivne
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* GroinAttack: Multiple examples

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* GroinAttack: Multiple examplesGroinAttack


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** The little person prostitute does it to Richter's partner with a knife. Ouch.
26th Oct '16 1:19:36 AM Arivne
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* NeckSnap: In Quaid's first fight against Cohaagen's goons, one of them checks out this way in a rather gratuitous fashion.

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* NeckSnap: In Quaid's first fight against Cohaagen's goons, one two of them checks check out this way in a rather gratuitous fashion.



** It seems that the [[spoiler: alien reactor]] also managed to bring the pressure to Earth-Norm, but it still shouldn't have been that fast.

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** It seems that the [[spoiler: alien reactor]] also managed to bring the air pressure to Earth-Norm, but it still shouldn't have been that fast.
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