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Impostor Impostor

In recent times, there only seem to be two types of science fiction films.  First you have the dismal view of a post apocalyptic earth or some other planet in total disarray or you have the neat and tidy world of Star Wars or Star Trek.  While both can a bit disconcerting, Impostor shows us how to use both to absolutely no point.

Based on the written work of legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, Impostor is actually more confusing than the book.  Having delivered other books that have been turned into big screen successes of the likes of Total Recall and Blade Runner, one had high hopes for this action adventure film.

The story is one of Earth in a battle against an alien race - and Earth is not doing well.  Hopes for the redemption of Earth in this conflict revolve around top weapons designer Spencer Olham (Gary Sinise) who is now accused of being nothing more than a clone with a bomb in his chest.  Interrogated by a future version of the CIA embodied by Major Hathaway (Vincent D'Onofrio) and characterized as a replicant from the technologies of the Alpha Centauri enemy, Spencer escapes and the hunt begins.

Escaping his captors and certain of his identity, Spencer moves through the bowels of a pristine and perfect city beneath a protective dome to a place that is battered by plague and forgotten by the "pretty" and protected peoples.  It is here in the gutters that Spencer finds a friend in a desperate husband trying to save his wife.  Like most stories, there is always the reward for helping the fugitive and the reward here is access to medial supplies and drugs via Spencer's wife Maya (Madeleine Stowe) who happens to be a doctor.

Now the chase begins in earnest with many ridiculous chase scenes and horrible camera angles and movement.  The culmination of the film while having a small twist is very predictable and wasted by being delivered in almost tabloid fashion by a television report.

To the benefit of a wonderful cast, they did the very best they could with this material.  If you are looking to lay blame, start and end with director Gary Fleder - it looks like he phoned this one in.  This is yet another example of what happens when a proposed 30 minute three episode made for TV film is expanded to the big screen.


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