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Review by Susan Granger
1½ stars out of 4
Is he a human being or is he an evil robotic replicant? That's the
pivotal question in Gary Fleder's futuristic sci-fi thriller, adapted by
Caroline Case, Ehren Kruger and David Twohy from a Philip K. Dick short story.
It's 2079, when Earth is engaged in a seemingly endless war with the
aggressively ruthless extra-terrestrials of Centuri. Electromagnetic missile
shields protect the cities and paranoid citizens are monitored through ID chips
implanted in their spines. Gary Sinese plays Spencer Olham, a military weapons
engineer who is happily married to a beautiful physician, Madeleine Stowe -
until his identity is questioned by Vincent D'Onofrio, a world-government
security officer who believes Olham's body has been snatched and a replicant
sent here on a mission of mass destruction with a nuclear bomb implanted in his
chest. Olham rather easily escapes from authorities into an outer Zone, where he
befriends a mercenary, Mekhi Phifer, who soon becomes his buddy. There's lots of
repetitive running around in dark tunnels and dim alleys - as they try to
retrieve Olham's DNA from the Veterans Hospital where records are kept - and
it's truly a credit to the acting talents of talented Gary Sinese (who's also
credited as producer) that he can actually elicit some empathy for his tortured,
confused fugitive - but, as an adventure, it never matches up to "Blade Runner"
or "Total Recall," which were also based on Philip K. Dick stories. Maybe that's
why it sat on the shelf at Miramax for a couple of years. On the Granger Movie
Gauge of 1 to 10, "Impostor" is a gloomy, grim 4. It's a mindless action flick
with a twist - far better suited to video-viewing than the multiplex.
Copyright © 2002 Susan Granger
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