Total Recall 2070: Machine Dreams

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • Crime, Science Fiction

First, there was the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster, then a syndicated TV series. This video sci-fi starts in media res; it's hard to tell whether it's a pilot, a pieced-together hodge-podge of TV material, or an original direct-to-video movie featuring the TV cast. After his partner is rubbed out by a rogue android, Detective Hume (Michael Easton) investigates...read more

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First, there was the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster, then a syndicated TV series. This video sci-fi starts in media res; it's hard to tell whether it's a pilot, a pieced-together hodge-podge of TV material, or an original direct-to-video movie featuring the TV cast. After his partner is rubbed out by a rogue android, Detective Hume (Michael Easton) investigates the shady practices of Total Rekall, a virtual reality vacation agency with influence in high places. In the name of "research," Total Rekall scientists have been injecting human DNA into their androids, which are now resisting their manufacturer's control. Although urged to tread lightly by his superiors, Hume makes life tough for his new partner Ian (Karl Pruner) and for Total Rekall CEO Richard Collector (Nick Mancuso). Hume's inquiry takes an odd turn when an immigrant couple, the Soodors, claim their son Taavo (Alex House) was kidnapped during their virtual reality trip to the Galapagos Islands. But why? It turns out that Taavo has been shanghaied and taken to Mars because of his psychic abilities, and that Rekall researchers have no intention of letting him go. Hume and Ian must stop the renegade droids, rescue Taavo and put Total Rekall out of business before they're taken off the case permanently. Several questions remain unanswered after the finale of this plot-heavy action bash, suggesting that a sequel may not be far behind. And with its hybrid of sleuthing and sci-fi exploration, this derivative picture owes more to BLADE RUNNER than to the original TOTAL RECALL. Still, there's something novel about tough-talking cops gliding through the galaxy, even played by actors with the blank beauty and flat delivery of soap stars. The film's technical achievements are above par for TV, but aren't dazzling enough to distract viewers from gaps in the plot.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Review: First, there was the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster, then a syndicated TV series. This video sci-fi starts in media res; it's hard to tell whether it's a pilot, a pieced-together hodge-podge of TV material, or an original direct-to-video movie featuring… (more)

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