Impostor (Director's Cut)
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- Original short film
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Top Customer Reviews
Gary Fleder is famous for the gripping thriller "Kiss the Girls" but more impressive names are Ehren Kruger and David Twohy. Kruger is responsible for "Scream 3" "Reindeer Games" and that shocker "Arlington Road," and of course Twohy is a guy behind the camera of "Pitch Black." Now you know what I am going to say. "Impostor" is very an unsettling movie, to say the least.
And the original short story was written by P.K. Dick, master of creating an authentic view on the future world. The film version respects that merit, and in the first three minutes throws you into the world at a devastating war with aliens in the shortest way. After that, the film follows the protagonist, a scientist Spencer (Sinise), who, without his knowing, got involved in a plot whose nature should remain secret here. As a result, Spencer runs away in a "Fugitive" fashion to prove the truth, hiding from the government agent (D'Onofrio) who is obsessed with hunting down every suspect in an uncompromising way. Here the director Fleder keeps a good, fast pace from the surprising opening to the end, grabbing your attention throughout the movie.Read more ›
All of the key characters' performances are good, and some are extraordinary. Gary Sinise is spot-on as the protaganist, Spencer Olham, accused of being an inhuman duplicate of himself. Madeleine Stowe gives a genuinely moving performance in the role of Maya, Olham's wife.
I saw the original on HBO years ago, and liked it enough that I recently bought the DVD with the director's cut. I'm not sure what the differences are, but the director's cut does feel leaner and tighter.
The effects are uneven, which I expect is due to the movie's origin: it was originally conceived as a short for television, then the producers switched gears in midstream and retooled it into a full length feature. Some of the visuals are borderline, by today's standards, reminiscent of some bad moments on the Sci Fi channel. Others are excellent, so don't let that stop you from seeing the movie.
Looking past the uneven SFX, the movie is well worth seeing. One caution: if you haven't seen IMPOSTOR, be wary of the reviews that contain spoilers. Much of the story's impact has to do with specifics of the plot it's best not to know about when watching it the first time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If this was like, a half hour Twilight Zone episode, it would have been alright, but 1 hour and 42 minutes, come on! Read morePublished 2 months ago by no name
Love the movie, but the cover and disc were pretty used. I played it right away, and it plays OK, though. Glad to have it in my collection.Published 5 months ago by Larue Hardinger
I had a nice review, but I was interrupted. Great director's cut. It made more sense than the one on cable. I'm so glad I got it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Judy Wethington
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