"Total Recall" is a science fiction film by paul Verhoeven released in 1990.
The science fiction genre is a very spacious genre. It features entertaining blockbusters, dark cyberpunk thrillers and satirical dramas. There's also a huge variety in plot elements, may it be the classical alien invasion, a totalitarian state or a crew in a spaceship on adventure trips. But "Total Recall" somehow is all of this. It is a blockbuster, but it is also satirical. It has action, but also a message. It is entertaining, but also thought-provoking.
"Total Recall" is extremely well-made (thinking of it was filmed in 1990), very thrilling and suprisingly amusing.
For the serious movie lovers, there is room for interpretations and what exactly teh solution wants to tell us, and for the lovers of popcorn flicks, there are enough action scenes and Arnie quotes.
"Total Recall" quite simply shows the science fiction genre in all its variety and can watched again and again, without getting boring.
(SPOILERS may follow:)
The movie is extremely violent and bloody.
There are violent combat fights, a very graphic shoot-out at an escalator with many innocent peole getting shot in a bloody fashion, a scene featuring a man's arms getting torn off while hanging on an elevator and a scene in which Arnie rams a rod into a man - all of which is depicted on-screen.
Also, there ae two scenes, in which characters get sucked into vacuum, and suddenly start to hyperventilate, causing their eyes and mouth to balloon (very graphic). However, the protagonists survive. A rat is shot off-screen, but we see blood and matter splatter onto a screen.
There are several scenes in which people get shot in gory ways, leaving bloody bullet wounds.
There is an infamous scene in which a mutant woman reveals her breasts, and we see she has three of them (full breast nudity).
The language is at R-standards, having 28 uses of the f-word and some milder language.
Of course, it is very gory and has some grizzly scenes, but it is action-ish and the violence is not too disturbing (except for the scene in the vacuum).
Speaking from experience, i can say that with parental guidance, mature viewers around 14 can handle it.