Originally Posted by dteowner
I intend to rent it when it comes out. I think it might be easier to get a grip on all the details with a second viewing. It's entirely possible I'm thinking too hard.
So, in your opinion, the weird guy doesn't exist? More specifically, he's one of the 2 pilots that Quaid killed after the transmission, so those conversations might be flashbacks? The tattoo "revision" would just be part of the hallucination.
BTW, I think it was the botanist that said that the colonists were pickled with some genetic engineering that made them genetically adapt quickly to their environment, which turned out to be the ship rather than the planet.