Movie Stats & Links
||Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe,
Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub, Mekhi Phifer
||Only if you want them to throw up
their popcorn in your lap.
||See "Kiddie Movie."
||A useless, shadowy sex scene
right at the opening. Yea, his wife loves him.
||Lots of people getting shot and a
pretty gruesome yanking of a heart out.
||Lots of chase scenes, but none
||The ending was pretty decent.
||Gary Fleder, Gary Sinise
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.
A Movie Review
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
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
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!