History Film / TotalRecall2012

29th May '16 12:55:54 PM bohunk
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* DoingInTheWizard: The remake attempts to be more realistic in tone and setting.
8th May '16 2:33:46 PM StFan
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!!This film provides examples of:

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!!This film !!''Total Recall'' provides examples of:



* ArtisticLicensePhysics: "The Fall", a massive train that runs through the earth between Europe and Australia, is capable of making said run in just over fifteen minutes (which means a minimum average speed of ~32,000 miles per hour). However, the heroes have no problem breathing, moving, climbing outside the train and fighting on top of it.
** Even more implausible is the idea that it has been built through the center of the Earth, most of which is liquid/semi-liquid magma and thousands of degrees Celsius. How does one build something that can withstand that kind of temperature and resist being crushed by the entire mass of the Earth?
*** Almost as if to make this even worse, the movie explicitly states in the opening that "The Fall" is the only means possible to travel between Europe and Australia. Somehow it's possible to achieve an engineering miracle like building an elevator through the center of the Earth, but it's become impossible to fly or sail across the Earth (despite the movie showing that traveling and living through these dead zones is still possible).

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: ArtisticLicensePhysics:
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"The Fall", a massive train that runs through the earth between Europe and Australia, is capable of making said run in just over fifteen minutes (which means a minimum average speed of ~32,000 miles per hour). However, the heroes have no problem breathing, moving, climbing outside the train and fighting on top of it. \n** Even more implausible is the idea that it has been built through the center of the Earth, most of which is liquid/semi-liquid magma and thousands of degrees Celsius. How does one build something that can withstand that kind of temperature and resist being crushed by the entire mass of the Earth?
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Earth? Almost as if to make this even worse, the movie explicitly states in the opening that "The Fall" is the only means possible to travel between Europe and Australia. Somehow it's possible to achieve an engineering miracle like building an elevator through the center of the Earth, but it's become impossible to fly or sail across the Earth (despite the movie showing that traveling and living through these dead zones is still possible).



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Mathias' base is apparently located in the "dead-zone" of London, an uninhabitable area made deadly toxic during the wars that no one visits and is only accessible via disused tube tunnels. The problem is that the presence of the Telecom Tower reveals this location to be only about 1.5 miles ''max'' from Big Ben, which is seen to still stand (albeit over-shadowed by massive floating skyscrapers) in the habitable zone.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: ArtisticLicenseGeography:
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Mathias' base is apparently located in the "dead-zone" of London, an uninhabitable area made deadly toxic during the wars that no one visits and is only accessible via disused tube tunnels. The problem is that the presence of the Telecom Tower reveals this location to be only about 1.5 miles ''max'' from Big Ben, which is seen to still stand (albeit over-shadowed by massive floating skyscrapers) in the habitable zone.



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking[=/=]AdaptationalBadass: This version of Cohaagen is an ex-military GeneralRipper turned politician, who's not afraid to lead from the front and can actually hold his own rather well in a fight.



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: This version of Cohaagen is an ex-military GeneralRipper turned politician, who's not afraid to lead from the front and can actually hold his own rather well in a fight.



* BulletproofHumanShield: [[spoiler: In Doug's first fight with the Federal Police, he grabs one of the troopers and holds him as a shield while he shoots the rest of the squad. Justified in that the troopers are wearing body armor]].
* ChekhovsGun: When Lori [[spoiler: picks up the disguise device.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: A fairly neat example in the final fight, [[spoiler: Hauser's elite hand-to-hand combat moves prove utterly useless against Cohaagen's Synth bodyguard. However, Quaid's training as a factory worker allows him to disassemble the Synth's power supply and shut it down.]]

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* TheBrute: Cohaagen's black-painted custom Synth bodyguard, who's seen capturing Doug in the opening flashback and the one he fights brutally during the final fight.
* BulletproofHumanShield: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In Doug's first fight with the Federal Police, he grabs one of the troopers and holds him as a shield while he shoots the rest of the squad. Justified in that the troopers are wearing body armor]].
* ChekhovsGun: When Lori [[spoiler: picks [[spoiler:picks up the disguise device.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: ChekhovsSkill:
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A fairly neat example in the final fight, [[spoiler: Hauser's [[spoiler:Hauser's elite hand-to-hand combat moves prove utterly useless against Cohaagen's Synth bodyguard. However, Quaid's training as a factory worker allows him to disassemble the Synth's power supply and shut it down.]]



* CoolGuns: The police all carry TDI Vectors, compact .45ACP submachineguns whose engineering mostly eliminates muzzle rise.
** And the [[RevolversAreJustBetter Chiappa Rhino]] (Think the succesor to the [[RareGuns Mateba Autorevolver]]) is heavily used by the police and Lori.
* CrapsackWorld: The colony, especially in contrast to the United Federation of Britain. However, at least its livable, unlike the other parts of the world which can no longer be safely inhabited.
* CyberPunk
* [[CyberpunkIsTechno Cyber Punk Is Dubstep]]

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* CoolGuns: CoolGuns:
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The police all carry TDI Vectors, compact .45ACP submachineguns whose engineering mostly eliminates muzzle rise.
** And the [[RevolversAreJustBetter Chiappa Rhino]] (Think (think the succesor successor to the [[RareGuns Mateba Autorevolver]]) is heavily used by the police and Lori.
* CrapsackWorld: The colony, especially in contrast to the United Federation of Britain. However, at least its it's livable, unlike the other parts of the world which can no longer be safely inhabited.
* %%* CyberPunk
* %%* [[CyberpunkIsTechno Cyber Punk Is Dubstep]]



* TheDragon: Lori more or less fills the role, due to being the most seen UFB agent. The black Synthetic could also count, due to capturing Doug in the opening flashback and being the one he fights brutally during the final fight.
** [[spoiler: DragonTheirFeet: Lori doesn't participate at all in the final fight, and ends up outliving Cohaagen by a couple of scenes. Then she decides to make one final attempt at killing Quaid and gets killed for her trouble.]]
* DoingInTheWizard: The remake attempts to be more realistic in tone and setting.
* ElevatorActionSequence: Two or more depending on how you count. There's a fight sequence halfway through the film that takes place in and around a 3D "turbolift" system. The climax takes place on the seventy-story through-Earth "Fall" elevator, and features a zero-gravity gunfight.
* EvilBrit: Lori.
** The UFB in general seems to be playing this trope, with many other UFB personnel being British and their capital being London.

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* TheDragon: Lori more or less fills the role, due to being the most seen UFB agent. The black Synthetic could also count, due to capturing Doug in the opening flashback and being the one he fights brutally during the final fight.
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agent.
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DragonTheirFeet: Lori doesn't participate at all in the final fight, and [[spoiler:and ends up outliving Cohaagen by a couple of scenes. Then she decides to make one final attempt at killing Quaid and gets killed for her trouble.]]
* DoingInTheWizard: The remake attempts to be more realistic in tone and setting.
setting.
* ElevatorActionSequence: Two or more depending on how you count. count.
**
There's a fight sequence halfway through the film that takes place in and around a 3D "turbolift" system. system.
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The climax takes place on the seventy-story through-Earth "Fall" elevator, and features a zero-gravity gunfight.
* EvilBrit: Lori.
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Lori. The UFB in general seems to be playing this trope, with many other UFB personnel being British and their capital being London.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Doug reads an Creator/IanFleming novel on the Fall. He later opts for the secret agent package at Rekall.
** Everything the Rekall boss says about the Rekall 'secret agent experience'.
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: A lot of Cohaagen and Hauser's master plan comes across as overly complicated and dependent on luck, although a large part of this is due to the gambit being triggered prematurely by Quaid's visit to Rekall.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Though played straight later, Cohaagen shows signs of this by [[spoiler: personally shooting the rebel leader Matthias almost immediately after detaining him]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Doug reads an Creator/IanFleming novel on the Fall. He later opts for the secret agent package at Rekall.
** Everything the Rekall boss says about the Rekall 'secret "secret agent experience'.
experience".
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A lot of Cohaagen and Hauser's master plan comes across as overly complicated and dependent on luck, although a large part of this is due to the gambit being triggered prematurely by Quaid's visit to Rekall.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Though played straight later, Cohaagen shows signs of this by [[spoiler: personally [[spoiler:personally shooting the rebel leader Matthias almost immediately after detaining him]] him]].



* GreenEyedMonster[=/=]UnknownRival: Lori's taunt to Melina about her sexual past with Quaid is the impetus for their subsequent fight.
* ImposterForgotOneDetail: [[spoiler: Lori impersonates Melina in the last scene, only for Doug to notice that she's missing the bullet wound scar on her hand.]]
* KeystoneArmy: [[spoiler: Cohaagen's Synth army apparently has a global shutdown code which is the big secret stored in Quaid's head that the Resistance needs. However, it turns out there is no global shutdown code; it was all a ruse by Cohaagen and Hauser to entrap the leader of the Resistance.]]
* LaResistance: So [[SarcasmMode cleverly]] called "the Resistance".
* LayeredMetropolis: See AerialCanyonChase.
* LeaveHimToMe: [[spoiler: In the finale, Cohaagen decides to confront Quaid himself.]]
* MechaMooks: The Synthetics. The movie is somewhat original in that they're used more as bulletproof EliteMooks rather than guilt-free disposable cannon fodder).

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* GreenEyedMonster[=/=]UnknownRival: GreenEyedMonster: Lori's taunt to Melina about her sexual past with Quaid is the impetus for their subsequent fight.
* ImposterForgotOneDetail: [[spoiler: Lori [[spoiler:Lori impersonates Melina in the last scene, only for Doug to notice that she's missing the bullet wound scar on her hand.]]
* KeystoneArmy: [[spoiler: Cohaagen's [[spoiler:Cohaagen's Synth army apparently has a global shutdown code which is the big secret stored in Quaid's head that the Resistance needs. However, it turns out there is no global shutdown code; it was all a ruse by Cohaagen and Hauser to entrap the leader of the Resistance.]]
* LaResistance: So [[SarcasmMode cleverly]] called "the Resistance".
*
%%* LayeredMetropolis: See AerialCanyonChase.
* LeaveHimToMe: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the finale, Cohaagen decides to confront Quaid himself.]]
* MechaMooks: The Synthetics. The movie is somewhat original in that they're used more as bulletproof EliteMooks rather than guilt-free disposable cannon fodder).fodder.



* TheMole: [[spoiler: Quaid/Hauser, though it's not that simple. While Hauser, the original, is the one who engineered the "mindwipe" plan in the first place and was thus a double agent, Quaid joins the resistance both out of agreeing with their cause, and because they aren't the ones shooting at him.]]

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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Quaid/Hauser, [[spoiler:Quaid/Hauser, though it's not that simple. While Hauser, the original, is the one who engineered the "mindwipe" plan in the first place and was thus a double agent, Quaid joins the resistance both out of agreeing with their cause, and because they aren't the ones shooting at him.]]



** A number of them; the 3-breasted hooker, "I don't know, I just work here", the "two weeks" woman, the severed arm scene.

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** A number of them; the 3-breasted three-breasted hooker, "I don't know, I just work here", the "two weeks" woman, the severed arm scene.



* NoOntologicalInertia: According to the news-reader at the end, [[spoiler: with Cohaagen dead and the Fall destroyed, it's now a new era of liberty for the people of the Colony.]]



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* TheRemakeTheRemake: Of ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* LaResistance: So [[SarcasmMode cleverly]] called "the Resistance".



* RedLightDistrict: Here, it is quite diverse - there's an android, the three-breasted woman, aliens, and [[MurderArsonAndJaywalking even humans!]]

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* RedLightDistrict: Here, it is quite diverse - -- there's an android, the three-breasted woman, aliens, and [[MurderArsonAndJaywalking even humans!]]



* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:The three breasted hooker]].

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:The three breasted three-breasted hooker]].



* UglyGuyHotWife: Lampshaded by Lori when she reveals her true nature to Quaid, asking if he really thought a girl like her would ever really be married to a guy like him (although Colin Farrell is hardly ugly, and it's more along the lines of Quaid's status as a low-level factory worker coupled with living in a dump of an apartment.)

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Lampshaded by Lori when she reveals her true nature to Quaid, asking if he really thought a girl like her would ever really be married to a guy like him (although Colin Farrell is hardly ugly, and it's more along the lines of Quaid's status as a low-level factory worker coupled with living in a dump of an apartment.)apartment).



* VillainRespect: [[spoiler: Cohaagen has a deep respect for Quaid and is extremely reluctant to kill him.]]

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* VillainRespect: [[spoiler: Cohaagen [[spoiler:Cohaagen has a deep respect for Quaid and is extremely reluctant to kill him.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist:[[spoiler: Cohaagen's motive for exterminating the population of The Colony is the crippling overpopulation issues facing the United Federation of Britain.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted. [[spoiler: Cohaagen personally shoots Matthias almost immediately after capturing him.]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist:[[spoiler: Cohaagen's WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Cohaagen's motive for exterminating the population of The Colony is the crippling overpopulation issues facing the United Federation of Britain.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: WhyDontYouJustShootHim:
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Averted. [[spoiler: Cohaagen personally shoots Matthias almost immediately after capturing him.]]



* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The Resistance are viewed by the public as terrorists after a bombing in a public transit unit. However, the Resistance aren't really terrorists, and [[spoiler: Cohaagen was responsible for the bombing.]]

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The Resistance are viewed by the public as terrorists after a bombing in a public transit unit. However, the Resistance aren't really terrorists, and [[spoiler: Cohaagen [[spoiler:Cohaagen was responsible for the bombing.]]
6th Apr '16 7:28:47 PM NedCberry
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* AdaptedOut: Benny the taxi cab driver is eliminated from this adaptation.
13th Jan '16 11:28:02 AM Morgenthaler
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11th Jan '16 9:55:15 AM dangerdan97
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** No part of England or Australia are antipodes of each other. This means a tunnel straight through the Earth from either origin would come out the other side into the ocean floor. But if one wants to suppose the Fall isn't a perfectly straight tunnel, then the only HandWave given as to how the whole thing works is shot.
5th Dec '15 3:09:22 AM morenohijazo
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* PostApocalypticGasmask: The resistance all wear gas masks when outside their sealed base in the "dead-zone" of London, an uninhabitable wasteland made toxic from the use of chemical and biological weapons.
20th Aug '15 6:32:56 AM MCE
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*NeckLift: One of the Synthetics reaches a bit higher and picks up Quaid by the head.
13th Jun '15 6:30:52 AM DaibhidC
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* YourTerroristsAreFreedomFighters: The Resistance are viewed by the public as terrorists after a bombing in a public transit unit. However, the Resistance aren't really terrorists, and [[spoiler: Cohaagen was responsible for the bombing.]]

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* YourTerroristsAreFreedomFighters: YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The Resistance are viewed by the public as terrorists after a bombing in a public transit unit. However, the Resistance aren't really terrorists, and [[spoiler: Cohaagen was responsible for the bombing.]]
2nd May '15 8:57:17 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ShoutOut: ''Film/BladeRunner'' (the design of the cities), ''Film/IRobot'' (the Hauser hologram telling Quaid to "please rephrase the question, my responses are limited"), ''GhostInTheShell'' (the successor to the [[RareGuns Mateba revolver]] used by Togusa).

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* ShoutOut: ''Film/BladeRunner'' (the design of the cities), ''Film/IRobot'' (the Hauser hologram telling Quaid to "please rephrase the question, my responses are limited"), ''GhostInTheShell'' ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' (the successor to the [[RareGuns Mateba revolver]] used by Togusa).
20th Apr '15 7:14:32 PM bisonx
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* YourTerroristsAreFreedomFighters: The Resistance are viewed by the public as terrorists after a bombing in a public transit unit. However, the Resistance aren't really terrorists, and [[spoiler: Cohaagen was responsible for the bombing.]]
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