History Headscratchers / TotalRecall1990

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.
18th Sep '16 6:04:37 AM Sharlee
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** Benny may also have been turned by Hauser only very recently. If he'd joined the resistance some time ago, getting vetted and approved by a shirt-hidden Kuato ''before'' becoming a double agent, but later got greedy and/or hard up for cash, he could have cut his deal with Hauser and betrayed the group before its leader had the chance to re-check his thoughts.
18th Sep '16 5:56:17 AM Sharlee
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** We're told that the device extracts oxygen from water. It's never stated that that's ''all'' the device does; it might simultaneously be extracting nitrogen from the Martian dirt that's intermixed with the ice. As the "ice core" is, itself, a fictional premise, there's no reason it can't contain nitrogen-bearing minerals if the writers want it to.
18th Sep '16 5:45:21 AM Sharlee
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** Maybe the Martians never activated the device because the "foreign" air ''wouldn't'' have been right for them. If they'd intended for it to generate a slightly different mix of gases suitable for ''them'' to breathe, but discovered once the device was finished that it would generate an oxygen/nitrogen ratio more like Earth's. Unable to fix the problem, they abandoned the device rather than turn it on: after all, if they'd been adapted to tolerate ''that'' sort of air, they could have just relocated to prehistoric Earth instead of altering their homeworld.

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** Maybe the Martians never activated the device because the "foreign" air ''wouldn't'' have been right for them. If It's possible that they'd intended for it to generate a slightly different mix of gases - one that was suitable for ''them'' to breathe, breathe - but discovered once after the device was finished that it would generate an oxygen/nitrogen ratio more like Earth's. Unable to fix the problem, they abandoned the device rather than turn it on: after all, if they'd been adapted to tolerate ''that'' sort of air, they could have just relocated to prehistoric Earth instead of altering their homeworld.
18th Sep '16 5:44:06 AM Sharlee
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** Maybe the Martians never activated the device because the "foreign" air ''wouldn't'' have been right for them. If they'd intended for it to generate a slightly different mix of gases suitable for ''them'' to breathe, but discovered once the device was finished that it would generate an oxygen/nitrogen ratio more like Earth's. Unable to fix the problem, they abandoned the device rather than turn it on: after all, if they'd been adapted to tolerate ''that'' sort of air, they could have just relocated to prehistoric Earth instead of altering their homeworld.
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