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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 29): Total Recall (1990) / Divergent / Gravity

Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…

  • Total Recall (1990) – I re-watched this for two reasons. First, to introduce my daughter to a film that loved. (See liked it too, even the “You make me wish I had three hands!” scene, which she found hi-LAR-ious and I found a little awkward.) Second, as preparation for the 2012 remake which I know I’m gonna regret. The 1990 version doesn’t necessarily hold up special-effects-wise…or dialogue-wise. But, man, it’s still fun.
  • Divergent (2014) – The biggest downside to this hopelessly generic YA story of the Haves vs. the Have Nots is its consistent predictability. The end result was a decent film that could have been much better.
  • Gravity (2014) – You could pick nits about some of the science, but this was a fantastic present-day space thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat and marveling at the ingenuity employed by the astronauts. I watched it twice within a week. I can’t remember the last time I ever did that.
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8 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 29): Total Recall (1990) / Divergent / Gravity

  1. Who do you see as the “Haves” and who do you see as the “Have-nots” in Divergent? I see the grouos groups as “Have-differents” and find the lack of flexibility in allegiance perplexing. Do we know who set up the system in the first place?

    • Yeah, that’s probably a more accurate description. That description works as well. It seemed that the Abnegation faction lived a more meager life than the others, but they *were* running the government.

  2. I would like to change grouos to groups. Where is Fred when you need him? πŸ™‚

  3. Abnegation also controlled resource distribution, which was the excuse for the takeover. That was my impression from the movie; I haven’t read the book.

  4. Paul Weimer // December 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm //

    I’ve only seen pieces of the beginning of Divergent, twice, on the flight from Loncon. I am still tempted to rent it one of these days.

  5. Paul Weimer // December 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm //

    And yes, you are going to regret seeing the remake of Total Recall.

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