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Impostor (Director's Cut)
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After an initial intense beginning, Imposter eases into a nice fugitive-like flow. This movie has most of the things we like in our Sci-Fi: aliens, fight scences (guns and a little kung fu), futuristic chase scenes, neat mind-twisting philosophical mumbo jumbo, a terrific ending and a little CGI thrown in for good measure.
If I had one complaint its would be the lack of gratuitous T&A. If this really was a "B" movie as many of the reviewers suggest, the T&A would be there (as I had hoped when I purchased this). As for me, I liked it better than the other Philip K. Dick-based movies, Minority Report and Total Recall (and I love Arnold). Imposter does not come across as a "B" movie. While I would not put this in the same class as say Blade Runner, few movies are.
Bottom line - Buy it, you'll like it.
Did it do anything new or inventive? Well ... no ... admittedly, as much as I did enjoy the movie, I'm not deluded into thinking that 'Imposter' is some kind of new land-mark of science-fiction. As mentioned in many reviews before, elements from 'Total Recall,' 'Blade Runner,' 'Minority Report' and the fugitive are borrowed from heavily and there's also a heavy dose of the trade-mark 'perceived reality vs. actual reality' that seems to be the theme of many of Dick's works.
That said though, I don't think anyone dropped the ball either. I thought that the cast had a lot of talent, the performances were all solid, and the script was paced well. The directing was a little muddy. I know the point of having the camera the camera movements being as fluid as they were was to give the audience the same disorienting feeling that the main character was feeling. I think they could have achieved the same feeling without going so far over-board.
When all was said and done, I'm not sure I'd buy the movie; but if you could pick up a used copy, rent it or catch it on cable, you could definitely do it without feeling suckered.
One of the intriguing things about the Director's Cut DVD is that it features the original 38-minute short film (essentially the first 25 & last 13 minutes of the theatrical version), which was originally to be the linchpin in a trilogy of sci-fi short movies (and was, I believe, released as such in Japan). The higher-ups at Dimension were so pleased with the results that they gave the go-ahead to make it a full blown feature (kind of a shame for the other two movies), & rightly so. The film doesn't concentrate so much on the futuristic aspects as the characters, which is what PKD's writing was all about.
No doubt, "Impostor" will get lost in the shuffle of all the hoopla surrounding the somewhat inferior "Minority Report", which is a shame. This film deserves to be given a fair shake.
D'Onfrio plays a the future equivelent of an FBI agent. He believes that Sinise's character has been murdered and replaced by a Cyborg with a mission to kill the leader of Earth. If the Fugitive like plot plays out like something you've seen before, keep in mind that there are enough plot twists and turns ahead to keep it interesting. Remember, there are, after all, only 36 dramatic situations and variations on these themes. Imposter just happens to use one that's very familiar and invert many of the expectations.
If the film plays a little too long given its plot, keep in mind that this was originally developed as 1/3 of a triology of short films (the original short is included with the feature version). That and the fact that the script passed through at least 6 different writers' hands (four of whom are credited) might explain some of the minor plot holes. On the whole when Imposter works it works very well. Director Gary Fedler (Kiss The Girls) keeps the pace brisk and scenes short and to the point.Read more ›
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Based on the short story by author Philip K Dick(Blade Runner, Solider, Total Recall and Minority Report) originally this started out has a short film, much like an awesome episode... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Movie Reviewer
Interesting premise. Intense, and believable acting (for main actors).
Ending was somewhat predictable - lead viewer to expect a twist somewhere at the... Read more
this is a terrific,well acted movie.it has plenty of action,a very good
storyline and is also realistic. Read more
I'm no Trekkie, but I know great SCI-FI movies when I see 'em. This movie was great, from beginning to end, it had me on the edge of my seat, seriously. Read morePublished on July 27 2002 by Goalie Man
Impressed to say the least. The good: it's a great story that kept my attention to the end, the acting was above par (even for secondary roles), and good Sci-fi is so rare. Read morePublished on July 26 2002 by doppelganger
My boyfriend rented this movie, and because I love scifi and Vincent D'Onofrio, I decided to check it out. The direction and artistry of the film are excellent. Read morePublished on July 15 2002 by Mangy Fox
As revealed in the featurette of this DVD, "Impostor" was meant to be one story of a three-story anthology flick, but the studio was so impressed that they opted to expand the film... Read morePublished on July 10 2002 by Ralph Brown