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Cypher

4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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When computer expert Morgan Sullivan (Jeremy 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 (Lucy 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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Kari Matchett
  • Directors: Vincenzo Natali
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007AFC0RY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 18, 2005
Format: DVD
Stunning, imaginative visuals highlight this sci-fi thriller, an intricate story of multi-layered brainwashing that is actually better on the second and third viewing, because of its maze of plot twists that one can get lost in, and knowing the ending doesn't lessen the impact of the drama.
The brainwashing scenes are brilliant, where a group attends lectures on subjects like "processed cheese" and "shaving cream distribution," and in paranoid moments makes me wonder what might be really happening to our brains while watching the average news/entertainment + advertising fare on our televisions.
These scenes are a little like the 1962 "The Manchurian Candidate," only using futuristic technology.

Jeremy Northam is terrific as "Morgan Sullivan," whose reality gets distorted and personality split into several identities. His confusion and fear are believable, and he handles the few action sequences with aplomb. Lucy Liu is strong and beautiful as the mysterious Rita, whose coded telephone number is Job 13:17, "Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears."
Vincenzo Natali directed this award winning 2002 film with stylish flair, a sleek sophistication, and with excellent pacing and some heart-thumping tension. The cinematography by Derek Rogers is marvelous, with a rather stark look, and the score is atmospheric and lovely, by Michael Andrews.
Intriguing, well acted, and with fascinating imagery, this is more of a mental adventure than the typical "blow 'em up" action film, and deserves being seen more than once for full appreciation.
No graphic violence, no nudity, and only the occasional four-letter word make this film suitable for a large audience.
Total running time is 95 minutes.
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Canadian director Vincenzo Natali made a cult film 'Cube' in 1997 -- claustrophobic thriller about six people trapped in cubic rooms. In his new film, Natali made another thriller in the vein of 'The Manchurian Candidate.' The difference from Sinatra's classic film is that 'Cypher' is more atmospheric, complicated, and politic-free. You need a lot of suspention of disbelief, but the film is stylish and uniquely entertaining.

The story begins with a job interview of one Morgan Sullivan (Jeremy Northam) by a high-tech company Digicorp. Morgan, mild-mannered and quite ordinary man, is accepted after many exams which apparently are intended to test not so much his skills as his identity, for the company is afraid of his being a spy sent from its rivals.

Now Morgan starts his new freelance job, given another name "Jack Thursby." As Jack, Morgan is sent on a business trip to the cities, where a conference is held. His assignment is simple -- to tape secretly the presentations there, and transmit the content. His first mission is in shaving cream convention in Buffalo; next, process cheese in Omaha; and then, Boise....

YOU CAN SENSE that something is wrong with the world Morgan/Jack is in. Things are managed too well. Everyhing looks very artificial (see the designs of square buildings or town blocks). And one red-haired woman named 'Rita Foster' (Lucy Liu) always shows up whereever Morgan goes. What is her purpose?

Though the story gets confusing in the second half, 'Cypher' remains intriguing, refusing to give us an easy wayout from the maze until the last moment. Some may think the ending is slightly disappointing, but even they would admit the film's unpredictable storyline. As to the acting, Jeremy Northam and Lucy Liu are both very good.
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I'm not that great of a sci-fi fan so was a bit wary of Cypher, but it's really quite brilliant. More in the vein of Hitchcock in terms of wondering where reality starts and ends, and with a distinctly convoluted plot, Cypher keeps you engaged & keeps you guessing. Well acted, well written, and with a "Blade Runner" visual style. Don't miss it.
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By G-man on April 29, 2013
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I found this movie to be a very good story about industrial espionage and very good detective type story with unexpected twists. It shows a man being hired to infiltrate another company as a spy. Later he is sent to other evnts to steal information from other companies. Only when a mysterious woman helps him discover that he is being brainwashed, does he realize that he is to infiltrate one major competitor and give them false information. After the spies serve their purposes, they are disposed of to keep the company that sent them free from being blamed for the thefts. The twist comes when the man discovers he had his mind wiped clean, to become a spy, fool both major company security forces, get the disc that has the identity of his girl friend whom he nows remember he was in love with. This movie will keep you guessing until the very end about what and why things are happening. I would recommend this to anyone who hates to know how most movies will end after only a few minutes into them.
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There's not a lot that can be said about Cypher without compromising the movie. I saw it on cable. The "info" says Cypher is about a man (Morgan Sullivan) confused about his identity when hired by rival firms to spy on each other. To that I can add that identity and the shifting realities that Sullivan experiences are central to Cypher. When you are unsure who you are, what your name is, who your wife is, where you live and who your friends are there is little left to anchor your sense of reality.

He is pushed and bullied by the industrial rivals but the movie never devolves into a cliched action-fest. The movie centers around his shifting identities and the deadly game of industrial espionage in which he finds himself entangled.

My wife and I enjoyed the movie. Cypher is intelligent and doesn't disappoint in the wrap up. I'm planning on grabbing this on DVD when Amazon gets around to stocking it.
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