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Imposter
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Starring: Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub, Mekhi Phifer
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Dimension Films
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them to throw up their popcorn in your lap.
Date Movie: See "Kiddie Movie."
Gratuitous Sex: A useless, shadowy sex scene right at the opening.  Yea, his wife loves him.  Duh!
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of people getting shot and a pretty gruesome yanking of a heart out.
Action: Lots of chase scenes, but none shot well.
Laughs: None.
Memorable Scene: The ending was pretty decent.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Gary Fleder
Produced By: Gary Fleder, Gary Sinise

Imposter
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:35 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
As I was watching "Impostor" I started to become sick to my stomach. No, it wasnít because the movie sucked that bad, but I began to wonder. I wondered if this movie was shot by the same people who did "The Blair Witch Project" or "Battlefield Earth" because, and one of the things I totally hated about those movies, was the shaky camera work and slanted camera angles. It turns out the filmmakers for "Impostor" werenít involved in those films, but for me, itís too bad they really ruined a decent sci-fi movie with lousy camera work.

Alright, here we goÖ

"Impostor" is set in 2079. Gary Sinise plays Spence Olhman, a scientist involved with the development of a weapon designed to destroy the bad dudes from Alpha Centauri who have been trying to invade Earth. The problem is that Spence may have been abducted by the aliens, they may have stolen his DNA and memories, and they may have grown him a new body complete with a little nuclear bomb. The tricky thing is that Spence wouldnít know it, and the only way the government has figured out to test people is to cut out their heart (thatís where the bomb is). Spence is convinced he is Spence, somehow gets away from a government seemingly able to track anyone, and after escaping the safety of the city under the protection of the electrified dome, Spence ends up in the ruins of the old city, and runs into Cale (Mekhi Phifer). It is there that Spence makes a deal with Cale Ė Spence will get him into the hospital in the domed city (Spenceís wife, Maya, played by Madeleine Stowe, is a doctor there) where Cale can steal all of the drugs he wants, all he asks in return is that Cale doesnít turn him in. Our hunting game continues by the inspector dude, Hathaway (played menacingly by Vincent DíOnofrio), convinced Spence is an alien. Will Maya believe her husband? Will Hathaway catch Spence? Is Spence really an alien and doesnít know it? Is Cale a drug dealer just looking for some quick scores? All of these questions are answered, and really in some pretty good twists and turns, in what would have been a pretty good movie it I didnít feel like throwing up.

Yup, the chase scenes came off like they were shot with someone running after Sinise with a home video camera, they kept doing that "letís tilt the camera to the right, tilt the camera to the left, swing around our hero, do a close-up on his being terrified, tilt the camera again, and make the movie goers keep leaning their head to the right or left to keep things straight" camera work, and it just really annoyed me.

So Iíll just wrap up this review quickly and say this could have been a 3 Ĺ star sci-fi thriller if it wasnít for the camera work. It was so bad Iím knocking "Impostor" down to a 2 star, make you almost want to throw up, letdown. I like Gary Sinise, think Madeleine Stowe did a good job as the loving wife, and there was also a great supporting role by the guy whoís always great in a supporting role, Tony Shalloub as Nelson, Spenceís best friend. My advice Ė donít try to get so damn artsy with the camera work and just shoot the chase scene.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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