Conspiracy Theory 1997

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(50) IMDb 6.7/10
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In this rom com/thriller Mel Gibson is a neurotic cabby is consumed by wild conspiracy theories. But when his newsletter attracts attention from shady government heavies and five subscribers die he must turn to lawyer Julia Roberts for help. But she has her own mysterious problems...

Starring:
Julia Roberts,Mel Gibson
Runtime:
2 hours, 9 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Richard Donner
Starring Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson
Supporting actors Patrick Stewart, Terence Alexander, Alex McArthur, George Aguilar, Brian J. Williams, Cylk Cozart, Stephen Kahan
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 11 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
The thing that stands out for me in this movie is the wonderful (and underrated) performance given by Mel Gibson. His part calls for an uneasy balance between a paranoid psychotic and romantic leading man and he treads that fine line beautifully. Despite all his craziness, he is totally likeable and his relationship with the Julia Roberts character is wonderfully complex and believable. Julia Roberts also gives an excellent performance and the chemistry between the two leads is perfect.

All in all, I loved this film and didn't understand why it was so underrated by the critics.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2000
Format: DVD
The story of a paranoid man trying to persuade others of his strange fears and beleifs is one that most of us have seen before. However this film is different, not only do all the actors play their parts incredibly well, but the paranoid fears of the hero begin to come true!
It also includes a brilliant performance of Patric Stewart playing the part of the evil matermind (Well known for his Picard in Star-Treck the next generation) This is a fantastic film that in well worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aceadrian on 23 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
Im not particularly a fan of the actors, nor the genra. But I love this film.
It is not one for people who want conspiracy theories about aliens as much as one for people who love to try and second guess whats coming next.
Its basically a chase between various people out to get the always ultra paranoid Gibson who seems to have so many escape tricks up his sleeves you wonder if he might actually be a fictional character, and a few extras thrown in to make a storyline.
All the way through you are forced to try and outwit them by guessing what comes next, and thats so much fun!
At worst its a film which is worth watching, at best its a little slice of genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 20 May 2013
Format: DVD
A paranoid cab driver named Jerry (starred by Mel Gibson) tries to convince Justice Department attorney Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts) that NASA wants to kill the president using a secret weapon capable of causing earthquakes. Soon, Jerry and Alice find themselves in the middle of a melee between several secret government agencies, one of them led by one Dr Jonas (Patrick Stewart).

"Conspiracy Theory" has a plot as convoluted, complex and illogical as many conspiracy theories. The original conspiracy involving NASA is soon forgotten in favour of a very different storyline featuring MK-ULTRA. We also learn that "They" can instantaneously track anyone buying the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" anywhere, at any time...

Well, at least Jerry is unionized!

"Conspiracy Theory" is a movie saved only by the competent and rightly famous actors. It really only deserves two stars, but since I managed to get through it due to Gibson, Roberts and Stewart, I kindly award it three. But don't say I didn't warn you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Smith on 2 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Individually, these are two popular and watchable actors. Hiowever for me, this was an experiment which did not work. Very little seemed to gel and the ending left the viewer wondering whether, if Mel Gibson's character had received such harsh and abusive treatment as displayed in the film, he would have been able to recognise anyone...even Julia Roberts. Sorry, no.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 29 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
conspiracy theory is a 1997 movie starring mel gibson as a paranoid cabbie convinced that factions of the C.I.A are trying to kill the president and have also caused many deaths to leaders in the past,he has no proof except theorys and that causes his world to suddenly change when people in the C.I.A start to believe that gibson is closer to the truth than maybe even he himself believes.

In the middle of this is a governement agent played by julia roberts who is a source that gibson talks too and she has reason to start believing his words as well.

The film is stylish and fast paced enough to maintain interest but suffers from a contrived love interest between gibson and roberts that simply isnt plausible,plus gibsons acting is ropey which certainly isnt the norm and his ramblings get a little annoying at times but those arent really reasons to avoid seeing this,worth a watch but not gibson or director richard donners finest work.
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US Paranoia run amok

First, heed the warning given at the commencement of the film that the strobe lighting effects that feature heavily in this production could cause problems for those with epileptic tendencies.

Reviewers appear pretty divided on this film. One could view the acute paranoia displayed by the principal player (Gibson) as symbolic of a nation. Certainly the USA has a long history of fixations including "reds under the bed" (Chaplin's "A King in New York"), a communist plot to invade the body fluids (Sellers and "Dr Strangelove") to give but two examples.

Therefore, I would not write this film off as entirely implausible. You have only to examine the US expenditure on high tech, heavy weaponry to realise just how far down the road to oblivion we have gotten ourselves. And as for espionage . . . ?
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Format: DVD
I bought this film simply because of the two stars, being a fan of both Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, and it was on offer at the time! I was disappointed because I wasn't convinced that Mel should have played this part, he wasn't right for it, although he can be funny - as in Lethal Weapon films, he doesn't play a "nutter" very well! Julia was ok, not one of her best roles, but the storyline, although slightly over the top was good, but there was something missing - upon the second viewing I enjoyed it more because I had got used to seeing Mel Gibson being jittery, and therefore paid more attention to the other issues in the film. I wouldn't recommend this unless you're an ardent fan of either of the stars.
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