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Impostor (2002)
Rated PG-13; running time 96 minutes
Studios: Dimension Films
Genre: Science Unreality
Seen at: Celebration Cinema (Lansing, Michigan)
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Written by: Caroline Case, Ehren Kruger, Mark Protosevich (based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick)
Directed by: Gary Fleder
Cast: Gary Sinise, Vincent D'onofrio, Madeleine Stowe, Mekhi Phifer, Tony Shalhoub

Review Copyright Rose Cooper, 2002

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Four whole days. It only took four days for a movie to become the Worst Of 2002. I wonder what the other 361 days has in store for us.

THE STORY (WARNING: **spoilers contained below**)
In 2079, scientist Spence Olham (Gary Sinise) creates a weapon for the war that Earth is fighting against Mean Aliens From Somewhere Else. This action, of course, makes the Government suspect Olham of being an Alien himself. Well, more than suspect: without so much as a bit of verifiable proof - none that the Government is sharing, anyway [sound familiar?] - Major Hathaway (Vincent D'onofrio) takes Olham in for some pretty intense debriefing, much to the shock of Gary's wife Maya (Madeleine Stowe) and best friend Nelson Gittes (Tony Shalhoub). But Olham is having none of that: managing against all odds (and logic) to get away from Hathaway, Olham enlists the help of the mostly unwilling Kale (Mekhi Phifer) to help Olham clear his name and get his identity back.

Impostor was so bad, it hurt my feelings. It looked ugly, the acting was completely laughable, the editing looked like a hatchet job, the writing was incredibly inane, and the directing was atrocious. It'll be quite awhile before I can forgive Vincent D'onofrio - a generally solid actor - for his ham-handed acting here. Not that Gary Sinese, also normally a fairly good actor, was any better. Tony "The Brotha" Shalhoub should thank his lucky stars for being spared the humiliation Sinese and D'onofrio suffered.

Ok, so the sound was great; Celebration Cinema's excellent speaker system saved the day there. But I rarely go to a movie to check out the sound effects, no matter how sweet they are.

The fault, as I see it, belongs squarely on the shoulders of director Gary Fleder. Hard to believe that with Impostor, he could make movies like Total Recall and The 6th Day look Shakespearean by comparison. Fleder managed to liberally take standard Us Against Them science fiction concepts left and right from writers like Phillip K. Dick, without making them the least bit interesting to sit through for those 96 painful minutes. And no, overusing slow-motion effects does not make your film look kewl, dag! Fleder seemed to do everything within his power to make the entire audience look eagerly for the nearest exit. A few in our audience, exercised that very option. Oh, how I envied them.

I should probably say more here, but the effort to Bring Meaning to the waste of celluloid that is Impostor, is far too great. Do yourself a favor: skip the fakers, and just check out Dick firsthand.

THE "BLACK FACTOR"    [ObDisclaimer: We Are Not A Monolith]
Do I want to spend a few more reviewing seconds praising Mekhi Phifer for not completely Sucking when all around him was going quickly downhill? Nah.

I don't know much about the man, but I'd bet dollars to donuts that the loud screeching sound you just heard, was the sound of Phillip K. Dick rolling over in his grave. Leave the man be, Hollywood; he earned his rest.



Somebody, call the cops: Impostor should be arrested for impersonating a movie.

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And that's the way I see it.

Rose "Bams" Cooper
3BlackChicks Review™
Copyright Rose Cooper, 2002
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