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Total Recall (1990)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (1990)

Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie. (Read More)

Themes:memory, amnesia, redemption, paranoia, conspiracy, corruption, betrayal, surrealism
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:brothel, elevator, hotel, bar
Characters:alien, prostitute
Period:future
Story:false memory, construction worker, mutant woman, lack of oxygen, holographic decoy, space colony, colony, female mutant, mutant human, three breasted woman, man disguised as a woman, woman shot in the forehead, woman punching a man, man dressed as woman, woman slaps a man, man punching a woman, black woman, taxi ride, implanted memory, erased memory

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, conspiracy, memory, betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Period:future
Story:three breasted woman, implanted memory, false memory, police shootout, foot chase, total recall, futuristic train, safe deposit box, megacorporation, husband murders wife, oppression, car chase, jumping through a window, hologram, cyberpunk, resistance, rebellion, villainess, catfight, secret agent

Machete Kills (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, betrayal, surrealism
Mood:gore
Locations:brothel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:woman shot in the forehead, bar fight, foot chase, punched in the crotch, spacesuit, tracking device, car chase, gadget, jumping through a window, hologram, space travel, stabbed in the throat, catfight, uzi, psychic, secret agent, shot in the arm, severed arm, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, conspiracy, betrayal, surrealism
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:taxi driver, foot chase, futuristic train, terraforming, megacorporation, mars the planet, tracking device, jumping through a window, hologram, exploding head, space travel, cyberpunk, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, tough girl, product placement, shot in the forehead, news report, spaceship

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar
Story:foot chase, car chase, raised middle finger, stabbed in the throat, machismo, shot in the arm, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, tough girl, product placement, suitcase, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, subway, stabbed in the chest

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. This is why Allegiant (2016) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990). (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, paranoia, conspiracy, corruption, memory, betrayal, surrealism
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:erased memory, foot chase, explosive decompression, utopia, brainwashing, hologram, stabbed in the throat, cyberpunk, reverse footage, social commentary, dystopia, kicked in the face, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run, fictional war, one man army, anti hero, exploding car

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, conspiracy, surrealism
Locations:elevator, hotel
Period:future
Story:implanted memory, erased memory, false memory, police shootout, foot chase, virtuality, decoy, mind reading, tracking device, car chase, gadget, hologram, exploding head, cyberpunk, social commentary, android, uzi, secret agent, severed arm, dystopia

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:corruption, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:police shootout, foot chase, tracking device, car chase, raised middle finger, jumping through a window, catfight, uzi, machismo, shot in the arm, rat, kicked in the face, tough girl, news report, one man army, anti hero, security guard, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, action hero

Underworld Awakening (2012) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Underworld Awakening (2012)

Mankind discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan species and they begin a war to annihilate the races. When Selene meets with Michael in the harbor, they are hit by a grenade and Selene passes out. Twelve years later, Selene awakes from a cryogenic sleep in the Antigen laboratory and meets the Vampire David. She learns that she had been the subject of the scientist Dr. Jacob Lane and the Vampire and Lycan species have been practically eradicated from Earth. But Selene is still connected to Michael and has visions that she believes that belongs to Michael's sight. However she has a surprise and finds that she has a powerful daughter named Eve that has been raised in the laboratory. Now Selene and David have to protect Eve against the Lycans that intend to use her to inoculate their species against silver. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:megacorporation, stabbed in the face, poetic justice, telepathy, mutation, jumping through a window, stabbed in the throat, cyberpunk, social commentary, shot in the arm, severed arm, neck breaking, dystopia, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, news report, fictional war

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, conspiracy, memory, betrayal
Story:implanted memory, taxi driver, foot chase, x rayed skeleton, tracking device, car chase, raised middle finger, stabbed in the throat, secret agent, rat, shot in the shoulder, product placement, shot in the forehead, on the run, news report, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, security guard, subway

Hardcore Henry (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... This is why Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990). (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, conspiracy, memory, betrayal, surrealism
Mood:gore
Locations:brothel, elevator, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:police shootout, foot chase, stabbed in the face, spit in the face, tracking device, car chase, raised middle finger, jumping through a window, exploding head, stabbed in the throat, villainess, uzi, machismo, shot in the arm, severed arm, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, shot in the forehead, on the run

Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption, betrayal
Locations:hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:man punching a woman, police shootout, jumping through a window, falling to death, stabbed in the throat, machismo, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, held at gunpoint, tough guy

American Ultra (2015) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, redemption, paranoia, conspiracy, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, hotel
Story:erased memory, police shootout, spit in the face, brainwashing, poetic justice, jumping through a window, stabbed in the throat, reverse footage, social commentary, secret agent, shot in the arm, neck breaking, tough girl, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run, news report, one man army, anti hero

Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:paranoia, conspiracy, betrayal
Story:mutant human, foot chase, car chase, mutation, android, mutant, catfight, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, suitcase, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, stabbed in the chest, interracial relationship, stabbed to death, impalement, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, held at gunpoint

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, surrealism
Locations:bar
Characters:alien
Story:woman punching a man, foot chase, decoy, x rayed skeleton, raised middle finger, gadget, hologram, space travel, falling to death, android, blockbuster, catfight, severed arm, neck breaking, kicked in the face, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, fictional war, spaceship

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. This is why Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, memory, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel
Story:woman, foot chase, megacorporation, tracking device, car chase, telepathy, jumping through a window, uzi, secret agent, shot in the arm, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, tough girl, product placement, shot in the forehead, on the run, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero

The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:redemption, paranoia, conspiracy, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:brothel, elevator, hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:police shootout, spit in the face, poetic justice, car chase, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, product placement, pay phone, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, anti hero, interracial relationship, impalement, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, showdown, tough guy, punched in the face, face slap, shot in the chest

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

In the future, the mutants and the humans that help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels. Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up of her intention. . However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation? (Read More)

Themes:redemption, surrealism
Locations:elevator, hotel
Period:future
Story:mutant woman, foot chase, megacorporation, mind reading, telepathy, jumping through a window, hologram, cyberpunk, social commentary, blockbuster, villainess, mutant, severed arm, neck breaking, dystopia, kicked in the face, tough girl, product placement, news report, fictional war

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls - rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender "Yuda." In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco - the son of a prominent gang kingpin - to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:prostitute
Story:taxi driver, foot chase, stabbed in the face, axe murder, tracking device, car chase, ambiguous ending, jumping through a window, kicked in the crotch, falling to death, stabbed in the throat, uzi, machismo, shot in the arm, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, one man army

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, conspiracy, corruption, betrayal
Locations:elevator, bar
Story:foot chase, one liner, tracking device, car chase, raised middle finger, gadget, jumping through a window, falling to death, villainess, uzi, secret agent, shot in the arm, kicked in the face, tough girl, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, news report, hit by a car, one man army

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. This is why Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, conspiracy, corruption, memory, betrayal, surrealism
Characters:alien, prostitute
Period:future
Story:alien technology, foot chase, terraforming, spacesuit, mind reading, tracking device, telepathy, gadget, jumping through a window, hologram, space travel, social commentary, secret agent, shot in the shoulder, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, fictional war, spaceship, anti hero, outer space

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, conspiracy, corruption, betrayal
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:hotel, bar
Period:future
Story:foot chase, megacorporation, stabbed in the face, poetic justice, car chase, stabbed in the throat, cyberpunk, social commentary, mutant, shot in the arm, severed arm, neck breaking, dystopia, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run, hit by a car

The Condemned (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Condemned (2007)

The story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Story:foot chase, spit in the face, kicked in the crotch, social commentary, machismo, neck breaking, dystopia, shot in the shoulder, one man army, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, impalement, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, showdown, tough guy, punched in the face, face slap, shot in the chest

Safe (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Safe (2012)

In China, the girl Mei is a genius that looks like a computer in numbers. She is abducted by the Chinese Triads and the boss Han Jiao ends Mei to Chinatown, in New York, to help him in the control of his activities. Meanwhile, the fighter Luke Wright has his life destroyed when he wins a fight against the will of the Russian Mafia and accidentally kills his opponent. The Russian mobsters kill his wife and the alcoholic Luke wanders on the streets and hostels with no objective in life. One day, Han Jiao asks Mei to memorize a long number and soon the Russian Mafia abducts the girl from the Chinese mobs. She escapes from the mobsters and is chased by the Russians; by the corrupt detectives from the NYPD; and by the Triads. When Luke sees the girl fleeing from the Russian mobs in the subway, he protects the girl and discovers that the number she had memorized is the combination of a safe where the Triads keep 30 million dollars. Luke is an elite agent and uses his skills to protect the girl. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, betrayal
Locations:hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase, car chase, kicked in the crotch, falling to death, stabbed in the throat, uzi, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run, news report, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, security guard, subway, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, paranoia, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Story:taxi driver, bar fight, tracking device, car chase, raised middle finger, gadget, hologram, reverse footage, social commentary, android, villainess, secret agent, severed arm, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, product placement, suitcase, pay phone, character repeating someone else's dialogue

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, betrayal, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:brothel
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase, oppression, resistance, reverse footage, dwarf, rebellion, rebel, blockbuster, shot in the arm, severed arm, rat, shot in the shoulder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, fictional war, one man army, anti hero, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, impalement

Ghost In The Shell (2017)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, redemption, paranoia, conspiracy, corruption, memory, betrayal, surrealism
Locations:bar
Period:future
Story:false memory, foot chase, virtuality, megacorporation, x rayed skeleton, mind reading, telepathy, raised middle finger, jumping through a window, hologram, exploding head, cyberpunk, reverse footage, social commentary, android, uzi, secret agent, severed arm, dystopia, kicked in the face

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:bar fight, foot chase, stabbed in the throat, construction site, uzi, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, one man army, anti hero, security guard, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, impalement, shot in the back, handcuffs, hand to hand combat

Dracula 2000 (2000) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, betrayal, surrealism
Mood:nightmare, gore
Story:foot chase, mind reading, one liner, telepathy, jumping through a window, stabbed in the throat, reverse footage, severed arm, neck breaking, kicked in the face, product placement, news report, security guard, stabbed in the chest, interracial relationship, stabbed to death, impalement, good versus evil, shot in the back, handcuffs

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:redemption, paranoia, betrayal, surrealism
Story:woman slaps a man, foot chase, explosive decompression, catacomb, mind reading, construction worker, telepathy, construction site, reverse footage, villainess, rat, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, one man army, anti hero, security guard, subway, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death

Riddick (2013)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Riddick (2013)

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. This is why Riddick (2013) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:alien
Story:woman punching a man, man punching a woman, tracking device, hologram, exploding head, stabbed in the throat, machismo, shot in the arm, severed arm, shot in the shoulder, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, spaceship, one man army, anti hero, outer space, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, impalement, shot in the back

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, memory, betrayal
Locations:bar
Characters:prostitute
Period:future
Story:implanted memory, megacorporation, tracking device, car chase, hologram, cyberpunk, resistance, social commentary, shot in the arm, dystopia, kicked in the face, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, shot in the back, handcuffs

Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:alien
Story:woman punching a man, foot chase, mine, falling to death, stabbed in the throat, uzi, severed arm, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, spaceship, one man army, anti hero, outer space, stabbed to death, impalement, shot in the back, action hero, held at gunpoint

Scanners (1981)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Scanners (1981)

Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, surrealism
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel
Story:foot chase, megacorporation, mind reading, car chase, telepathy, exploding head, reverse footage, psychic, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, product placement, pay phone, shot in the forehead, on the run, exploding car, security guard, subway, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, taxi

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, conspiracy, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar
Story:foot chase, tracking device, car chase, ambiguous ending, jumping through a window, hologram, stabbed in the throat, reverse footage, uzi, machismo, secret agent, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, news report, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. This is why Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990). (Read More)

Mood:gore
Locations:elevator
Story:foot chase, megacorporation, x rayed skeleton, tracking device, car chase, mutation, hologram, cyberpunk, resistance, towel, mutant, catfight, shot in the arm, dystopia, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, tough girl, product placement, shot in the forehead, hit by a car

Man Of Steel (2013) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Locations:hotel, bar
Characters:alien
Story:woman punching a man, man punching a woman, terraforming, x rayed skeleton, spacesuit, mind reading, male protagonist, telepathy, jumping through a window, hologram, space travel, falling to death, construction site, blockbuster, villainess, neck breaking, kicked in the face, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar
Story:police shootout, foot chase, stabbed in the face, car chase, stabbed in the throat, resistance, secret agent, neck breaking, kicked in the face, tough girl, product placement, pay phone, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run, news report, hit by a car, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death

Ride Along (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way.

Themes:paranoia, betrayal
Story:police shootout, foot chase, car chase, jumping through a window, construction site, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, anti hero, exploding car, security guard, shot in the back, handcuffs, action hero, held at gunpoint, showdown, tough guy

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

The second "Highlander" movie, again with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. It's the year 2024 and all the ozone above Earth has gone. To protect people from dying, MacLeod helped in the construction of a giant "shield", several years ago. But, since there isn't left anyone Immortal after MacLeod's victory in the previous film, he has stopped being an Immortal himself. Now he is just an old man, until one day some other Immortals arrive on our planet. You see, the Immortals come from another planet... (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:taxi driver, megacorporation, crotch grab, falling to death, cyberpunk, resistance, social commentary, neck breaking, dystopia, tough girl, news report, fictional war, one man army, anti hero, outer space, exploding car, security guard, subway, good versus evil, action hero

The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. This is why The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, betrayal
Locations:hotel, bar
Story:woman, woman slaps a man, foot chase, decoy, one liner, tracking device, car chase, blockbuster, villainess, secret agent, kicked in the face, tough girl, product placement, suitcase, character repeating someone else's dialogue, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, security guard

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Locations:hotel, bar
Story:woman punching a man, man punching a woman, foot chase, tracking device, car chase, reverse footage, uzi, secret agent, kicked in the face, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, news report, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, woman, handcuffs, hand to hand combat

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:redemption, betrayal, surrealism
Story:woman slaps a man, bar fight, mind reading, happy ending, telepathy, reverse footage, dwarf, villainess, catfight, kicked in the face, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, fictional war, one man army, anti hero, stabbed in the chest, impalement, good versus evil, hand to hand combat

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, betrayal
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:elevator, bar
Period:future
Story:bar fight, tracking device, poetic justice, gadget, mutation, jumping through a window, cyberpunk, social commentary, mutant, severed arm, neck breaking, dystopia, kicked in the face, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, fictional war, one man army, anti hero, stabbed in the chest

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, redemption, corruption, betrayal
Mood:nightmare, gore
Locations:brothel, hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase, stabbed in the face, car chase, jumping through a window, exploding head, kicked in the crotch, stabbed in the throat, uzi, neck breaking, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, impalement

Rogue One (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Rogue One (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. This is why Rogue One (2016) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, paranoia, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:rebellion, mind reading, mining, hologram, space travel, falling to death, resistance, social commentary, rebel, blockbuster, secret agent, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, tough girl, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, fictional war, spaceship, anti hero, outer space

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia, paranoia, conspiracy, memory, betrayal
Locations:hotel
Story:foot chase, mining, tracking device, car chase, gadget, secret agent, kicked in the face, tough girl, product placement, pay phone, on the run, hit by a car, one man army, exploding car, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, taxi, tough guy

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, betrayal
Locations:hotel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:taxi driver, foot chase, tracking device, car chase, raised middle finger, gadget, construction site, villainess, catfight, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, tough girl, shot in the forehead, impalement, shot in the back, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, held at gunpoint, taxi, tough guy

Terminator Genisys (2015) is one of the best movies like Total Recall (1990)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Terminator Genisys (2015)

When John Connor ('Jason Clarke (I)' (qv)), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese ('Jai Courtney' (qv)) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor ('Emilia Clarke' (qv)) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured time-line. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian ('Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future... (Read More)

Themes:memory, betrayal
Period:future
Story:foot chase, megacorporation, famous line, 21st century, car chase, jumping through a window, hologram, cyberpunk, resistance, social commentary, android, blockbuster, shot in the arm, severed arm, shot in the shoulder, tough girl, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, on the run

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:paranoia, conspiracy, betrayal
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:police shootout, foot chase, decoy, tracking device, car chase, ambiguous ending, gadget, mutant, kicked in the face, tough girl, shot in the forehead, on the run, news report, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, security guard, good versus evil, hand to hand combat

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