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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rachel Ticotin
Sharon Stone
Ronny Cox
Michael Ironside
Directors
Paul Verhoeven
Screenwriters
Philip K Dick
Ronald Shusett
Dan O'Bannon
Jon Povill
Gary Goldman
Running Time
109 minutes

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Someone stole Arnie's mind


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Plot
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Douglas Quaid, a humble construction worker in the 21st Century who has bad dreams about Mars, where he's never been, and a beautiful woman he's never met. Dropping by a futuristic holiday firm where you can be injected with the memories of a wonderful two-week vacation someone else took for you, Quaid freaks out before he can be given a fantasy-filled trip to Mars in the guise of a secret agent on a vital mission, and then discovers that everyone, including his lovin


Verdict
A bloody roller coaster narrative from the creators of 'Alien' and plenty of tough-guy action speak makes this a still thoroughly enjoyable set-piece, though the effects have lost their shock value since the heavy use of CGI took over some years after the release. But worryingly satisfying in a purely gruesome, beat-em-up kinda way.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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