History Headscratchers / TotalRecall1990

8th Dec '17 5:52:06 AM ClintEastwood
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* Paul Verhoeven is almost indisputably a sadist. Why else would he force us to watch oxygen-deprived characters suffocating to death for what seems like several minutes, when in reality that would not be the case at all? (Wouldn't anyone exposed to the vacuum of space immediately turn to puree and be dead in about ten seconds?)

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* Paul Verhoeven Creator/PaulVerhoeven is almost indisputably a sadist. Why else would he force us to watch oxygen-deprived characters suffocating to death for what seems like several minutes, when in reality that would not be the case at all? (Wouldn't anyone exposed to the vacuum of space immediately turn to puree and be dead in about ten seconds?)



** It's probably just a quick humorous scene to break up the tension. Paul Verhoeven is fond of such. There's also the shock value of hearing an old woman shouting "Asshole!" Back in the 80s, this was still pretty novel. Compare it to a scene in [[Film/TheRunningMan another Schwarzenegger flick]], where a sweet old lady calls him "one mean motherfucker."

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** It's probably just a quick humorous scene to break up the tension. Paul Verhoeven Creator/PaulVerhoeven is fond of such. There's also the shock value of hearing an old woman shouting "Asshole!" Back in the 80s, this was still pretty novel. Compare it to a scene in [[Film/TheRunningMan another Schwarzenegger flick]], where a sweet old lady calls him "one mean motherfucker."
6th Oct '17 11:04:04 AM Sharlee
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** We also don't know much about Quaid's personal history. It's entirely possible that his "ordinary construction worker" backstory includes a stint in the National Guard or a whole lot of brawling in bars or whatever, so it may not be the first time he's ever had to fight someone. Indeed, if one assumes he's not just dreaming about being a double agent, including such a detail in his cover-identity's history would make sense, as it'd stop "Quaid" from getting suspicious if one of his construction-crew buddies playfully throws a punch at him and his reflexes as Hauser let him put the guy into a headlock without breaking a sweat.

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** We also don't know much about Quaid's personal history. It's entirely possible that his "ordinary construction worker" backstory includes a stint in overseas with the National Guard or a whole lot of brawling in bars or whatever, so it may not be the first time he's ever had to fight someone. Indeed, if one assumes he's not just dreaming about being a double agent, including such a detail in his cover-identity's history would make sense, as it'd stop "Quaid" from getting suspicious if one of his construction-crew buddies playfully throws a punch at him and his reflexes as Hauser let him put the guy into a headlock without breaking a sweat.
6th Oct '17 11:03:07 AM Sharlee
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** We also don't know much about Quaid's personal history. It's entirely possible that his "ordinary construction worker" backstory includes a stint in the National Guard or a whole lot of brawling in bars or whatever, so it may not be the first time he's ever had to fight someone. Indeed, if one assumes he's not just dreaming about being a double agent, including such a detail in his cover-identity's history would make sense, as it'd stop "Quaid" from getting suspicious if one of his construction-crew buddies playfully throws a punch at him and his reflexes as Hauser let him put the guy into a headlock without breaking a sweat.
15th Jul '17 4:05:15 PM NumberlessCoyote
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* When the 7 to 8 troops surrounded the hologram of Quaid, how come they didn't get hit with any bullets, but when 2 of the troops shot at the hologram, they shot each other?
6th Apr '17 7:51:14 PM CheeseDogX
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** It's probably just a quick humorous scene to break up the tension. Paul Verhoeven is fond of such. There's also the shock value of hearing an old woman shouting "Asshole!" Back in the 80s, this was still pretty novel. Compare it to a scene in [[Film/TheRunningMan another Schwarzenegger flick]], where a sweet old lady calls him "one mean motherfucker."
6th Apr '17 7:38:27 PM CheeseDogX
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** It's possible that Cohaagen knew nothing about the device. The man who gives it to Quaid never says who he is or who he works for, nor does he explain how Quaid acquired it (and later gave to him for safekeeping). Hauser also never mentions the hologram device in the message he left for Quaid. For all we know, the mysterious guy who left the suitcase for Quaid threw it in because he though Quaid might need it, and owed him a favor.
21st Feb '17 5:14:43 PM alexmarx
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** For those of us in the "it's a dream" camp, it also humorously relates to an earlier scene. When the Rekall rep is pitching to Quaid, he lists three unpleasant things about actual travel that Rekall users avoid. Ironically, all three show up in the movie: Lousy weather (the near-vacuum on Mars's surface), lost luggage (the woman trying to steal the suitcase), and crooked taxi drivers (Benny).
10th Feb '17 5:47:20 AM Ingonyama
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** Whether real or fake, how easily he slips into violence is likely also a commentary on how easy it might be for any of us to do the same if presented with the right situation/stimulus/justification. Considering Creator/PhilipKDick's "bleak view of the future" mentioned above, and things like the Milgram Experiment, [[HumansAreBastards there may actually be]] some TruthInTelevision in this. Or as Stephen King put it in [[Literature/{{Cell}}, "We didn't survive as a species because we were the toughest, or the smartest. We survived because we were the most murderous, craziest fuckers in the jungle."

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** Whether real or fake, how easily he slips into violence is likely also a commentary on how easy it might be for any of us to do the same if presented with the right situation/stimulus/justification. Considering Creator/PhilipKDick's "bleak view of the future" mentioned above, and things like the Milgram Experiment, [[HumansAreBastards there may actually be]] some TruthInTelevision in this. Or as Stephen King put it in [[Literature/{{Cell}}, ''Literature/{{Cell}}'', "We didn't survive as a species because we were the toughest, or the smartest. We survived because we were the most murderous, craziest fuckers in the jungle."
10th Feb '17 5:46:59 AM Ingonyama
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** Whether real or fake, how easily he slips into violence is likely also a commentary on how easy it might be for any of us to do the same if presented with the right situation/stimulus/justification. Considering Creator/PhilipKDick's "bleak view of the future" mentioned above, and things like the Milgram Experiment, [[HumansAreBastards there may actually be]] some TruthInTelevision in this. Or as Stephen King put it in [[Literature/{{Cell}}, "We didn't survive as a species because we were the toughest, or the smartest. We survived because we were the most murderous, craziest fuckers in the jungle."
15th Nov '16 8:04:42 PM AbnormalMoose
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**** Because Eraser has no component that would bring its reality into question. That doesn't mean they're not equally intended as summer action blockbuster movies, it just means this one has a slightly more cerebral plothook.
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