Jun 27, 2023

See You At The Party

Total Recall
Mahoning Drive-In Theater - Lehighton, PA
This is a movie that premiered in theaters a month before my tenth birthday, but I didn't get around to seeing it until I worked at Blowout Video when I was a teenager.  I'm not sure why, but I've only watched it maybe two or three times in the years since I first saw it, and I've grown to appreciate it more each time.  Getting to see a 35mm print of it projected on the big screen at the Mahoning takes this movie to another level.

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Total Recall doesn't get nearly as much credit as it deserves.  It tends to get lumped in with the action/sci-fi flicks of the 80's and 90's, but it's more than that.  There's a pretty heavy social commentary going on, but it's coated in humor so effectively that it takes a few viewings before you can really appreciate the world that they're showing to you, and the story has a psychological thriller slant that was many years ahead of its time... like a blending of the elements that made Robocop, Starship Troopers and Inception great.