“Total Recall”: Don’t Take the Red Pill

Total Recall is a space fantasy movie from director Paul Verhoeven, made in 1990 at the peak of the practical effects era of Hollywood with a script adapted from a story by Phillip K. Dick, about a man who makes use of a tech company who promises to send him on a vacation in virtual reality by implanting memories of an exotic holiday in his brain. As Verhoeven’s approach to filmmaking is so special, it is impossible for me to talk about his movies without talking about them mainly in terms of how they demonstrate his specific style, so this is how I will be discussing Total Recall.