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Impostor (Director's Cut)

3.8 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews

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An exciting, action-packed sci-fi story from the author of TOTAL RECALL and BLADE RUNNER, the thrilling Director's Cut of IMPOSTOR brings you Gary Sinise (FORREST GUMP, APOLLO 13), Madeleine Stowe (WE WERE SOLDIERS, PLAYING BY HEART), Vincent D'Onofrio (THE CELL, MEN IN BLACK), and Mekhi Phifer (O, 8 MILE) in a stellar cast. At a time when the earth has been at war with an alien force for over a decade, the latest work of lauded government scientist Spencer Olham (Sinise) promises to save the planet. But suddenly, Olham himself is accused of being an alien spy and is thrown headlong into a disorienting nightmare as a fugitive from the law. With blasts of adrenaline-fueled intensity, this futuristic thriller soars as Olham races to prove his identity to the world ... and himself ... in time to save all mankind!

Special Features

  • Original short film
  • The Impostor Files - featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Shane Brolly, Vincent D'Onofrio, Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Tony Shalhoub
  • Directors: Gary Fleder
  • Writers: Caroline Case, David Twohy, Ehren Kruger, Philip K. Dick, Scott Rosenberg
  • Producers: Andrew Rona, Bob Weinstein
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640VR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Impostor (Director's Cut)" on IMDb

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Facts first. "Impostor" is based on P.K. Dick's short story and its cast include familiar faces in this sci-fi genre; Gary Sinise appeared in "Mission to Mars": Vincent D'Onofrio in "Men in Black": Madeleine Stowe in "12 Monkeys" and Tony Shalhoub in "Galaxy Quest" and "Men in Black" again. Typecast? You may think. Forget it, and watch the names of director and writers.
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.
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By RG69 on February 18, 2006
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I had never heard of this film until I rented it, then purchased it after watching. Originally it was to be a 40 minute film tied together with 2 others to make one giant film about the relationship between humans and aliens. The story was then expanded upon to make it a feature all by itself. The story taken from an excellent short story from Philip K Dick, involves a not to distant future earth at war with an alien race we never really see. Earth cities are protected by domes as the aliens seek a way to get to us. This leads to a paranoid society trying to do anything to protect itself. Sinise is excellent in his role as he takes us on one adventure after another as he tries to prove to the authorities that he is not an alien plant. The twist ending was also a plus for the movie. The pciture is not perfect, and the extras suck, but this one is a good watch.
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Based on Philip K. Dick's book, this movie is surprisinglt unknown to many who love Sci-Fi. It's theater release was overshadowed at the time, and soon found itself in DVD circulation. A worthy addition to your library for sure. Great acting, and special effects. You won't be sorry.
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IMPOSTOR is a good movie, a solid and effective adaptation of Philip Dick's short story. The screenplay is gripping and tightly written. It's a wild ride, troubling, involving. The story is simple in a way, but not simplistic.

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.
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This is a really top notch SF movie, love story, loyal friendships, somewhat believable plot line, great bad guys which are just us in years to come, very unpredictable end and fast paced throughout. The kind you can watch again without getting tired of it, wonderful acting, particularly Gary Sinise
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One of my favorite movie themes is rooted in science fiction. "Total Recall" was action packed with twists & turns that were so gripping yet "Impostor" may not have the action level as experienced in "Total Recall" but it absolutely packs a punch as you follow the movie. The actors are great, the plot seems simple yet a bit complex, & the ending...well you'll have to see it for yourself. I wasn't disappointed, I was amazed how good this movie was by reading about it.
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