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10 Simulated Realities That Messed with Movie Characters’ Memories

Tomorrow we’ll finally be able to see Underworld series director Len Wiseman’s update of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 cult film, Total Recall. The mind-bending, action-packed cultural satire features Colin Farrell in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former role as Quaid. His encounter with a corporation that implants artificial memories into their clients sets off a chain of confusing and deadly events, forcing him to unravel the secrets lost in his own mind. Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston plays the villain, and the original film’s mutant prostitute with three breasts also makes an appearance — in case you were worried about the super important details.

To get you in the mood for memory-based movies featuring surreal, simulated realities that mess with your mind, we’ve compiled a list of films you may want to watch this weekend. Drop your favorites in the comments below.

Welt am Draht (World on a Wire)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1973 dysotpian epic – originally produced for German television — imagines an artificial future where a supercomputer controls a group of identity units who are unaware their entire existence is fabricated. Eccentric echoes of Alphaville, Kubrickian visuals, and a compelling, paranoid, labyrinthine trail of vanishing memories and people underlines the Euro sci-fi gem.