Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Gary Fleder
In spite of over 30 years of war with an advanced alien race, life for some is high-tech and sophisticated. Voice-activated showers, flying cars, and security systems that use voice recognition technology are just a few of the things that inhabitants of the sprawling metropolis can enjoy. But the war has given rise to a totalitarian state, and paranoia is intense. Spencer is accused of being a Centauri plant, a replicant carrying a bomb to assassinate the Chancellor, whilst the real Spencer Olham has been killed. He has to escape the Earth Security Agency whilst finding a way to convince them, and himself, that he is the real Olham.
Major Hathaway (Vincent D'Onofrio) leads the ESA teams assigned to execute Spencer, who desperately attempts to escape. It's a very visceral movie. There are various Philip K. Dick hallmarks, including backstreet surgery, a Bladerunner-style environment, technology capable of tracking people everywhere, and a slummy underbelly populated by society's losers. And perhaps most characteristic of all, Spencer is drugged and suffers from a confused sense of reality.
Unfortunately there aren't too many places the plot can go with a story about a man who is either an impostor or a victim of mistaken identity, so it's not full of entirely unexpected twists. The movie is tense and competently acted, but it's not the most outstanding of films. This is not only down to its similarities with other Philip K. Dick stories, it's also the way it's atmosphere and look is like so much other sci-fi. Impostor is okay: it features plenty of action, reasonable effects, and it's not too cerebral. But it's not unmissable.
If you like this, try:Surrogates by Jonathan Mostow
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