Initial Thought: I don't know why I've taken so long to see this one. It's very much a classic and one of Arnie's best. I have seen the remake already. Well I better get a move on and catch up with everyone.
Characters/Acting: Arnold Schwarzenegger at the top of his game. Michael Ironside at his finest playing the villain which he is always good at. Also Sharon Stone when she was still quite relevant and gorgeous. I didn't know the three breasted chick had so much screen time here. Her part here was much better than the remake. I didn't realize it with all the makeup, but Dean Norris is the mutant who works with George. I really enjoyed all the characters here. The mutants were especially interesting.
Story: Well if you've seen the remake then you should know this one too. If not then well it's all about memory altercation and maybe everything not being as it seems. Well we are off to an interesting and strange start. It's so interesting trying to figure out what is the fake and what is real. Could his life before be what is fake? Could everything after Recall be fake? It keeps you guessing from start to finish. The plots between the remake and this are pretty different besides the main story point and a few of the main characters. The ending was much better here than the remake. This really makes you think back and forth. Do you really know what you think you know? Anyways as a whole the story was quite entertaining. There are some great twists and turns throughout. Of course there is some over the top violence, but it wouldn't be a 90s Arnie movie if it was any less.
Directing/Writing: Paul Verhoeven is quite a prominent director. He has made some major sci-fi classics like Robocop and Starship Troopers. He has also done some movies he didn't get much praise for such as Hollow Man and Showgirls, but we can't always be winners. Philip K. Dick has written many books that have been made into films. The surprising thing is most of the bigger ones were short stories. He has caused the creation of Blade Runner, The Adjustment Bureau, and Minory Report. I find it weird that there are four people involved in the screenwriting process here. Ronald Shusett has been involved in everything related to the Alien Saga (which also include Prometheus) as well as the two versus Predator films. The same goes for Dan O'Bannon who also has Heavy Metal and The Return of the Living Dead under his belt. Jon Povill's only other writing credit is with the remake of this. Gary Goldman also has the remake of this on his repertoire as well as Next (which was another adaptation of one of Philip K. Dick's stories).
Final Thought: That was much better than the remake. Yeah it's pretty cheesy, but hey that's the 90s for you. I can't believe I waited so long to see this. If you haven't seen this either you should definitely jump on the bandwagon asap. It's fun and even though it's older you will still be guessing what's going on.