Paul Verhoeven‘s film is much better than I remembered. It moves quickly and really highlights how much movies today–however flashy their editing or speedy the fights or violent the action–are too often ponderous bores. Twenty minutes of story is blown up into two hours of movie–or even two movies, or three or more–and all the filler is pure bathos.
Total Recall has no time for bathos. It’s just gets stuff done in an efficient, exciting and entertaining pace.