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movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Impostor

Starring: Gary Sinise, Vincent D'Onofrio
Director: Gary Felder
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 100 Minutes
Release Date: January 2002
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense

*Also starring: Madeleine Stowe, Mekhi Phifer, Tony Shalhoub, Tom Guinee, Shane Brolly, Lindsay Crouse, Bayani Ison, Shane Brolly

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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