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YMMV / Total Recall (1990)

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  • Adaptation Displacement: See Adaptation Expansion.
  • Awesome Music: Jerry Goldsmith, natch. Two examples: "Swallow It/The Big Jump".
  • Best Known for the Fanservice:
    • The one thing that everybody remembers about this movie is the mutant prostitute with three boobs.
    • To some people, this is the movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger got ballbusted not one, not two, but three times. By Sharon Stone, no less. He also got another one albeit non-violently by another woman who squeezes his balls softly. See here.
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  • Complete Monster: In the DC Comics adaptation of this classic action flick, by Elliot S. Maggin & Tom Lyle, Chief Administrator Vilos Cohaagen lacks his film counterpart's Villainous Friendship with Carl Hauser, while still retaining all the evil. As leader of the Mars colonization efforts, Cohaagen brutally overprices the sell of oxygen to the citizens of the colonies, uncaring that many of them are slowly dying from being unable to pay Cohaagen's prices, and, upon discovering a likely way to provide infinite oxygen across the planet, Cohaagen covers it up to retain his power over the inhabitants. When rebel forces continuously try to oust his treachery, Cohaagen devises a plan with his partner Carl Hauser to mind-wipe the latter, turning him into an ideal rebel fighter, then using this new personality, Douglas Quaid, to lead Cohaagen to the rebels. Once succeeding in this, slaughtering the entire rebel group, Cohaagen attempts to revert Quaid back to Hauser, laughing all the way about asphyxiating the entirety of Venusville for fun. Cohaagen ultimately showed his lack of care for Hauser when, after Quaid escapes the attempted reversion of his mind, Cohaagen callously orders him be killed, and spends his last moments using Melina as a hostage in an attempt to murder Quaid, securing his rule over Mars once and for all.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: The human shield scene. A poor bystander getting caught in the line of fire and shot by Richter's men when they're trying to kill Quaid is horrible. Quaid grabbing his corpse, using it to protect himself from several more rounds of gunfire, and then throwing his now completely bloodied up body onto his pursuers on the other hand? Hilarious.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lori, played by the ever-so-lovely Sharon Stone.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A man is offered a red pill because it'll help him enter the real world. That sounds familiar...
    • An advertisement for Fuji Film is seen in the background of one scene. The film's creators couldn't have predicted that analog photography would be all but killed off by digital photography long before 2084 (the year in which the movie is set).
    • Compare Robert Picardo's mindless robot here to his snippy, sarcastic Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager.
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    • Quaid decides to have a memory implant of a vacation on Mars as a secret agent instead of as tourist, only to discover he is a secret agent. In True Lies, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a secret agent whose wife and daughter thinks he is a computer salesman.
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger versus an evil Governor, you say?
    • When Quaid realises that Lori is attempting to seduce him to buy herself some time while Richter and his goons come for him, he says "Clever girl".
  • Jerkass Woobie: As bad as Richter is, it's hard not to feel sorry for him when he finds Lori's dead body, prompting him to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Quaid.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • DIE BENNY!!!
    • Shit! SHIT!
    • Start the reactor, Quaid... Free Mars...
    • Hey man, I got five kids to feed!
    • Get ready for a surprise!
    • TWO WEEKS!
    • Open your mind!
    • The characters' decompression faces, Quaid and Cohaagen's in particular.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Cohagen crosses it when he leaves all the people in Venusville to suffocate via cutting off their air supply.
    • Richter murdering the three-boobed lady, Mary for being uncooperative also counts as well.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Dr. Edgemar, the bald guy who offers Doug the red pill.
    • Priscilla Allen's performance as the "Two Weeks" woman.
    • Lycia Naff as the unforgettable three-breasted hooker, Mary.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The NES/Amstrad/Commodore 64 game. With the most epic (read: with the most annoying hitbox) fight against a hat-throwing hobo you'll ever see in a video game.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Signature Scene: Most previews and retrospectives use the scene where the "Two weeks" lady's head opens, revealing Quaid underneath.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Justified, since the Johnny Cab robot is a Howdy Doody parody with a deliberately phony, chipper personality, modeled and voiced by Robert Picardo.
    • The scenes when Quaid takes the tracker out of his nose and when he takes off his fat lady mask. In both scenes, it's pretty easy to tell that Quaid's face is being rendered in stop-motion.
    • The characters when their eyes bulge out of their heads when getting decompressed by Mars' atmosphere, which for some either can come off as Narm or Nightmare Fuel.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The film has well-made models and prosthetics, and the only brief CGI, in the X-ray scanner, looks simple but holds up.


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