History Headscratchers / TotalRecall1990

21st Mar '16 1:25:37 PM MrDeath
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** She's a random person who tries to steal something that's not apparently being watched or attended. It's a demonstration of the [[CrapsackWorld crapsackiness of the world]].
21st Mar '16 12:59:47 PM Bauglir100
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* The scene where Quaid fights with an old lady over Hauser's suitcase confuses me. Who is this woman, why is she so adamant about getting the case before Quaid, and what was the point of the scene?
6th Mar '16 6:32:39 PM AbnormalMoose
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** Kuato never vetted Benny. Benny arrived when they were under a time crunch and desperately needed the information about the reactor from Quaid. Had the situation been different, where Benny was actually trying to join the resistance, he'd probably have been led before Kuato at gunpoint to be checked out. As it was, he was still only able to properly betray the resistance because he just so happened to see Kuato's "big brother" with his shirt open.
6th Mar '16 6:28:00 PM AbnormalMoose
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**** Your interests don't really have an effect on the creation of the movie. It is what it is whether you like it that way or not.
6th Feb '16 6:07:54 AM timotaka
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* The film explains that all the headgames were to allow Hauser to find Kuato, as he is telepathic and would always detect undercover people so the only way to get a mole in was for the mole to not know he is a mole. All right, then how come Kuato never noticed that Benny was working for the enemy?
17th Jan '16 4:34:59 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** To be fair, "they died or left" is just a shorthand for "we don't have a clue who they where, what they were doing, why they were doing it or why they didn't finish it". It's so far in the ancient past that there's no evidence left to provide an exact answer for what happened, so they're just summing up the two main alternatives as either (a) everyone died before they could activate it or (b) something unknown happened that forced them to leave before they could activate it. No one said it was a ''perfect'' explanation, just that it's the only one they've got.



* The alien device creates suposedly air by decomposing water. But where doesn the nitrogen come from?

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* The alien device creates suposedly supposedly air by decomposing water. But where doesn the nitrogen come from?


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** Plus, well, this is still a 1980s Schwartenegger action flick. It's not like any of his characters are exactly ''slow'' to violence in those films.
16th Jan '16 5:01:34 PM Ingonyama
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** The explanation that "they left or died before activating it" doesn't really hold water when you consider all it takes to activate it is, like, two seconds by someone with a hand. An ''entire civilization'' couldn't spare two seconds to activate the damn thing? My explanation is that they left automated builders and then died out or left; the builders finished the job, but didn't activate the machine.



** The explanation that "they left or died before activating it" doesn't really hold water when you consider all it takes to activate it is, like, two seconds by someone with a hand. An ''entire civilization'' couldn't spare two seconds to activate the damn thing? My explanation is that they left automated builders and then died out or left; the builders finished the job, but didn't activate the machine.

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** The explanation that "they left or died before activating it" doesn't really hold water when you consider all it takes to activate it is, like, two seconds by someone with a hand. An ''entire civilization'' couldn't spare two seconds to activate the damn thing? My explanation is that they left automated builders and then died out or left; the builders finished the job, but didn't activate the machine.
11th Jan '16 7:45:59 AM dangerdan97
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** Why Cohaagen did not use the same hologram device Hauser had on his agents and the (fake?) doctor?

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** *** Because there are people interested in contemplating their entertainment, and not simply consuming it.
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Why Cohaagen did not use the same hologram device Hauser had on his agents and the (fake?) doctor?
25th May '15 6:33:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** By this theory, Rekall is basically a sci-fi equivalent of a video game-stroke-theme park ride-stroke-action film, all done with virtual reality. Notice how things start off fairly small; the procedure at Rekall doesn't quite work, they find something slightly wrong about Quaid, when he leaves things seem like they're normal but everything just seems a bit... off. Then it starts getting bigger; his best friend and his wife are revealed to be not what they seem. People start hunting him. And so on and so on, it gradually and slowly escalates until eventually he's on Mars with triple-breasted prostitutes and mutant super-intelligent fetuses and ancient alien technology based in the frozen core, and he's not questioning it because it all seems so real and natural. And then when it ends, and you come back down, you might be a little disorientated for a while, but eventually you'll just accept "Okay, it was just a ride -- but ''what'' a ride!"

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*** By this theory, Rekall is basically a sci-fi equivalent of a video game-stroke-theme park ride-stroke-action film, all done with virtual reality. Notice how things start off fairly small; the procedure at Rekall doesn't quite work, they find something slightly wrong about Quaid, when he leaves things seem like they're normal but everything just seems a bit... off. Then it starts getting bigger; his best friend and his wife are revealed to be not what they seem. People start hunting him. And so on and so on, it gradually and slowly escalates until eventually he's on Mars with triple-breasted prostitutes and mutant super-intelligent fetuses and ancient alien technology based in the frozen core, and he's not questioning it because the narrative of the experience has sneaked up all the far-out stuff so slowly and gradually that it all just seems so real and natural. And then when it ends, and you come back down, you might be a little disorientated for a while, but eventually you'll just accept "Okay, it was just a ride -- but ''what'' a ride!"
25th May '15 6:30:30 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** On the other hand, that's basically how dreams work. When you're in the dream, no matter how insane or screwy it seems, you're probable convinced that it's all real and happening to you... until you wake up, at which point your mind clears and you realise how illogical the dream actually was. Unless you're genuinely disassociated from reality -- but then, the movie also has several scenes that suggest that this is a possibility as well (such as the doctor who shows up to convince Quaid that the Rekall experience has gone wrong).
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