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A pulse-pounding cyber thriller starring Jeremy Northam (GOSFORD PARK, EMMA) and Lucy Liu (KILL BILL VOLUME 1, CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE), CYPHER is sure to entertain you! When computer expert Morgan Sullivan (Northam) joins a huge multinational company, he assumes a new identity and is sent undercover to investigate corporate espionage. Before long, he finds himself caught up in a vicious cycle of paranoia and mistrust. Then along comes Rita (Liu), a sexy and smart secret agent who informs Sullivan that he's being brainwashed and that she is the only one who can help him! Loaded with riveting twists and amazing special effects ... you're sure to applaud this fast-paced thriller!
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+Very underrated film with an amazing ensemble of actors. Every single actor gives a great performance in this film not just the stars everyone knows Jeremy Northam and Lucy Liu. Nigel Bennet plays his role to perfection. As a fan of stargate atlantis I loved seeing David Hewlett in this film.
+Turned me into a scotch drinker.
+One of the few movies where I was totally satisfied with the ending.
There is something odd about the Amazon listing for the 2016 release of Cypher. Amazon lists the 2005 Miramax DVD of Cypher as having a running time of 95 minutes, but lists the newly released 2016 Lionsgate DVD as having a running time of 111 minutes. I asked Vincenzo Natali about this on Twitter, and he said, "There was only one cut. Very strange."
Does anyone know whether the Miramax and Lionsgate DVDs do indeed having different running times, and if so, what the differences in the versions might be, or is there a typo in one of the running times? The IMDb lists the time as 95 min.
I have the 2-disc MC One German DVD of Cypher, and there are a total of 9 deleted scenes which total 16 minutes 34 seconds. Since 95 mins + 16 mins 34 secs = 110 mins 34 secs, I am assuming that the deleted scenes from the MC One DVD were cut back into the 111 minute Lionsgate version of the film. The deleted scenes are listed at the DVDCompare.net website as:
- Alternative title sequence (2:10)
- Morgan & Amy I (1:17)
- Morgan & Amy II (2:04)
- Alternative flashbacks I (1:07)
- Alternative flashbacks II (0:35)
- On the plane (1:18)
- New home (4:56)
- Calloway's Friday (1:50)
- Morgan & Diane (1:17)
If I am correct about the 9 deleted scenes being reinstated, one question remains: since the first deleted scene is named "Alternative title sequence," how can they add this to the 95 minute cut of the film without winding up with two title sequences?
The deeper story hidden to many viewers in this film is that of discovery of one's soul and true identity. The world created by the ego is shattered and all delusions about one's identity along with it. An array of archetypal characters appear within the story which flows like a dream---or, rather, more like a 'nightmare.' One of the more important of the characters is Rita, which means 'pearl.' It becomes apparent to this viewer that she represents the 'soul image' of the main character...
I can highly recommend it to anyone who revels in the world of human imagination.
The potential for several layers of meaning in the film make for delightful viewing!
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