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"In the Future, not everyone is who they seem to be."
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.1  (24,482)
  • 33

Impostor is a 2001 science-fiction thriller directed by Gary Fleder and based on a Philip K. Dick short story. The film is set in a dystopian future where Earth is at war with an alien race. Spencer Olham, played by Gary Sinise, is a top scientist working on a weapon to defeat the enemy known as the "spindly-legged" aliens. Spencer's perfect and ordered life is shattered when he is accused of being an android sent by the enemy to infiltrate and destroy human civilization. His accuser is Agent Phyllis, played by Madeleine Stowe, who believes Spencer is a replicant after he undergoes a medical screening that shows he has no memory of his childhood or a scar he should have received in a childhood accident. He is immediately locked up, and his life goes up in flames.

With only a few hours before his scheduled execution, Spencer escapes from the high-security prison and runs from the law, desperately trying to clear his name while being pursued by the relentless Agent Phyllis. Meanwhile, Spencer tries to find proof that he is human and uncovers a conspiracy involving his work on the weapon and the government's plan to win the war at all costs, even if it means sacrificing its own citizens.

Shane Brolly plays Cale, a person who joins Spencer as he goes underground, and Vincent D'Onofrio plays Hathaway, Spencer's colleague who is the only person Spencer can trust. Spencer's best hope for clearing his name is to meet with the government's leader, played by Lindsay Crouse.

Impostor is a tense and action-packed thriller that focuses on the psychological and philosophical implications of being human in a high-tech world. It raises questions about identity, memory, and the nature of humanity itself. The film is a tribute to Dick's work and shares the same themes as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and The Matrix.

The special effects are impressive, especially the eerily realistic androids and aliens. The cinematography is also worth mentioning, with the use of dark and gritty settings that matches the film's moody and suspenseful atmosphere. The film's soundtrack, composed by Mark Isham, is also very good, with a mix of pulsing techno beats and orchestral flourishes.

The film's plot is well-paced and full of twists and turns that keep the audience guessing until the end. There is plenty of action, car chases, and gunfire, but Impostor is more than just an action movie. It is a story about survival, redemption, and what it means to be human. The science-fiction genre is used to explore complex moral and ethical issues, rather than just providing cheap thrills.

Overall, Impostor is a thought-provoking film that will appeal to fans of science-fiction movies that tackle deep questions about humanity. It may not have had a big box office success, but it is a hidden gem that deserves more recognition. Recommended for anyone looking for a sci-fi thriller with a brain.

Impostor is a 2001 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 33.

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