Cancelled: Total Recall 4K Restoration at Vue Manchester

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
Image courtesy of Vue Manchester Printworks

Total Recall at Vue Manchester Printworks, Manchester and online, 27 November 2020, from £4.99 - Book now

Paul Verhoeven’s ferocious science fiction actioner Total Recall is back on the big screen following a new 4K digital restoration. The director of Robocop, Showgirls and Starship Troopers is a master of beefy, violent, have-your-cake-and-eat-it satire, and this 1990 Arnold Scwarzenegger vehicle is one of his best efforts.

Set in the year 2084, the former Governor of California stars as Douglas Quaid, a bored construction worker who dreams of visiting the colonised planet of Mars. When an accident occurs during a visit to Rekall, a company that promises to implant those experiences, Quaid finds himself caught up in a conspiracy of false memories and corporate violence.

Wild, outlandish and subversive, this interplanetary thriller remains a treat thirty years on from release. Arnie’s one-liners and a certain cosmetic augmentation might have imprinted themselves on our collective pop culture consciousness, but Total Recall is more sly and slick than its reputation suggests.

Total Recall at Vue Manchester Printworks, Manchester and online

27 November 2020
From £4.99