Total Recall | Jerry Goldsmith
Loosely based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, this epic science fiction thriller from director Paul Verhoeven stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker who buys himself a “virtual vacation” to Mars only to discover that a previous and very top secret life has already been wiped from his memory.
Fueled by by Jerry Goldsmith’s energetic and unapologetically muscular score, “Total Recall” remains one of Schwarzenegger’s and Verhoeven’s most popular films, its unpredictable, mind-bending twists and turns brilliantly varnished by Goldsmith’s effusive orchestrations. Like most of his post-“Star Trek: The Motion Picture” work, “Total Recall” is a full-bodied orchestral score boasting detailed and nuanced application of the full orchestra in nearly every cue – heavy horns and percussion to generate suspense and tension, intermittently offset by impassioned strings and woodwinds to communicate empathy. Synthesizer and organ are but a few of the unexpected instrumental innovations that often blur the line between score and sound effect, another Goldsmith trademark of the era used here to exceptionally memorable effect.