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Melina’s face appearing when Quaid chooses a love interest at Rekall


When Quaid’s at Rekall and he chooses a brunette, athletic, sleazy love interest, Melina’s face appears on the computer screen before the implant of the ego-trip, so isn’t that proof positive that the whole thing is a memory implant?

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Certainly a signpost it is.

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That along with the scientist helper saying "This is a new one, 'Blue Skies on Mars'".

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I think that Verhoeven purposely put hints towards both dream and reality, and left it ambiguous so that it would be talked about. Kind of like a Schrödinger’s Cat.

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He selected an athletic demure brunette, and he was halfway out from the neck injection when her face appeared. Maybe it was his buried memory that caused that.

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I always contended that we're never suppose to finally decide which is reality and which is a dream. In the end, we can change the outcome in our heads so it doesn't really matter. Just like Quaid can get tired of Melina a few months after this story ends and he wants to pursue a blonde assassin who looks like Sharon Stone.

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Not necessarily.

It could be an actual photo of the real Melina that Rekall use as a template for a sleazy brunette. There are myriad reasons why they might use her picture (chief among them that thy used the mugshot of a real criminal because it added authenticity to the character).

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Fun fact: In the novelization it is revealed in a throwaway line that Melina did some modeling for ReKall at some point. I'm sad this was left out of the movie (or maybe Piers Anthony came up with it), but I think it's a touch of genius.

In lieu of this line in the movie, to keep up the ambiguity, I subscribe to strntz's explanation:

He selected an athletic demure brunette, and he was halfway out from the neck injection when her face appeared. Maybe it was his buried memory that caused that.

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He dreamed of her before he went to rekall

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