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Imposter [DVD]

Gary Sinise , Madeleine Stowe , Gary Fledler    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shaloub, Tim Guinee
  • Directors: Gary Fledler
  • Producers: Gary Sinise, Gary Fledler, Marty Katz, Daniel Lupi
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HCMK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,755 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Earth, 2079. Years of protracted war with an alien planet have left the remaining human population tired, scared and paranoid. Engineer Spencer Olham (Gary Sinise) thinks he can bring an end to the conflict with a new weapon he has designed, but investigator D.H. Hathaway (Vincent D'Onofrio) believes Olham is an alien spy and pursuses him relentlessly. Forced to go on the run, Olham must now attempt to prove his innocence, helped only by his wife (Madeleine Stowe) and underground rebel Cale (Mekhi Phifer).

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb adaptation 3 Feb 2003
Imagine being accused of being someone else - someone dangerous, potentially lethal, yet resembling you in every way. You are, as far as you’re concerned, still you. How do you convince your accusers that you are you and not some evil, alien clone? Confused? Like all Philip K Dick concepts, the concept is surprisingly straightforward, completely original and always gripping. Transforming his short stories into feature films, however, takes a concerted effort not to over-complicate things and lose sight of Dick's original sentiments.
Happily 'The Impostor' does a fantastic job - it's good quality, relatively conventional sci-fi, for both the beginner and the connoisseur. Those familiar with Dick's original story will be pleased with how faithful the adaptation is, although there are one or two extra twists to keep up the surprise factor. Gary Sinise plays arms scientist Spencer Olham with a suitable mixture of bewilderment, innocence and gritty determination. Mekhi Phifer, now famous as Eminem's mentor in '8 Mile', is also excellent here as an underground fugitive aiding and abetting Olham in his escape from his would-be captors.
Fans of Minority Report (also based on a story by Dick) may notice some remarkable similarities between these two films - especially in the portrayal of a world in which everyone is monitored and tracked, and the accusation, capture and subsequent escape of the lead character. Although the obviously smaller budget of The Impostor means that it could be regarded as a poor cousin of Minority Report (especially as its special effects are OK but not world-beating), if anything its no-nonsense approach to Dick's story and its attention to detail makes it a much more satisfying affair.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi like it should be 6 Sep 2002
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Firstly, let's make it clear that the only reason this DVD doesn't get 5 stars is because of the lack of features. The film itself is worth at least 6 stars!
Impostor has all you could want. Sci-fi in a well thought out, believable, rather dark future (is it justifiable to torture 10 innocent people to death in the process of saving 10,000 lives?). Action scenes which you actually care about rather than twiddling your thumbs while admiring the SFX. I won't spoil anything, but the whole point of this film is that it keeps you guessing until the end. Even better, it doesn't spoil it with a cheesy ending or predictable final twist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Under rated 2 Sep 2013
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Good little story this. Acting OK, twist at the end was not too predictable and whilst there are a few pot holes they aren't glaring enough to spoil it.
A fine example of competent mid-budget sci fi.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impostor 22 Oct 2011
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I saw this (the original) when I was very young. The plot is very similar thus, unspoiled. Whilst the ending is slightly changed (the immortal line "Then I must be the Androi..."is gone) it still works as a "good" ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 26 Aug 2011
A somewhat underrated picture based on a story by sci-fi giant Philp K. Dick. The cast are generally excellent. The main plot is intelligent and thought provoking but the film loses the plot a little in places when it tries too hard to be an action movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler in next review! 31 May 2005
By A Customer
Do yourself a favour and skip over Cakeboy's unhelpful review below.
He gives away the ending and spoils a big piece of the fun of the movie.
IMPOSTOR is a thoughtful piece of entertainment based on a superior Philip K Dick story.
If you like it I can recommend you also read SECOND VARIETY. But I also recommend that you avoid SCREAMERS, the dire movie that it was made into.
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