"Total Recall"Review of the original: Total Recall slips into sci-fi cliche
June 1, 1990, by Jay Carr
Schwarzenegger was never an actor, and here, mercifully, he doesnt try to become one. Theres none of the humor of Twins here, and little of the tart irony of The Terminator as Arnold stays endearingly wooden and isnt shy about returning hostile fire. What gives the film a flavor it eventually sacrifices to chase-movie cliches is director Paul Verhoevens sardonic sensibility.