When this premiered people thought this was another stupid Arnold movie with a strange science fiction vibe, but this has matured into a great social commentary on game shows and reality-shows long before it became a popular TV trend. It is pretty underrated really and especially the first half of the movie is great. The only thing better is Stephen King's original ending that today would have hit too much at home.
Although visually dated, TRM is as vital a piece of distopian Sci-Fi as Blade Runner, Soylent Green or Fahrenheit 451, setting the precedents for a not so far away future & predicting how we'll be entertaining ourselves at the cost of others. Political predictions also run true with racial/class differences smattered alongside Arnie kicking ass but sadly that's just it. Above all its an Arnie feature from the 80's. C
so my boyfriend apparently loves this movie so I watched it all the way through as he fell asleep. it's kinda weird that reality tv was a part of this dystopian society even though we have the same crap on tv now. also, this movie confirms my idea that the male and female leads in 99% of all action films have to kiss and fall in love at the end of the film for no apparent reason.