Impostor

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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15

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  1. Mar 10, 2011
    8
    I enjoyed that movie, it was fun to watch, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I now believe that reading reviews is completely useless. Inception had great reviews, so did Hurt Locker and Black Swan, but I found those flicks completely unbearable to watch.
    Everybody judge for him (or her)self.
  2. PatC.
    Jun 10, 2005
    3
    Philip K. Dick's stories are always intriguing. And more good news, those snazzy helmets from Starship Troopers were kept in prop storage for projects such as this. The actors are competent and up for the project, but their characters are unconvincing and disposable. The presentation is dark, garbled, erratic, bland and generally unimaginative. The concluding plot twist is cool, but Philip K. Dick's stories are always intriguing. And more good news, those snazzy helmets from Starship Troopers were kept in prop storage for projects such as this. The actors are competent and up for the project, but their characters are unconvincing and disposable. The presentation is dark, garbled, erratic, bland and generally unimaginative. The concluding plot twist is cool, but by that time who cares. Expand
  3. ChadS.
    Jan 10, 2002
    4
    When Vincent D'Onofrio gives the order to strap Gary Sinise in the vivisect, I was reminded of Forest Whitaker's participation in "Battlefield Earth". Actors like the above mentioned (add to the list: Stowe and Pena) don't belong in a film this disposable. Impostor is more action movie than sci-fi. Sinise does a lot of running but at least he doesn't have to crash into When Vincent D'Onofrio gives the order to strap Gary Sinise in the vivisect, I was reminded of Forest Whitaker's participation in "Battlefield Earth". Actors like the above mentioned (add to the list: Stowe and Pena) don't belong in a film this disposable. Impostor is more action movie than sci-fi. Sinise does a lot of running but at least he doesn't have to crash into plates of glass like Barry Pepper in Travolta's Gate. Collapse
  4. JeremyM.
    Nov 14, 2002
    2
    A complete waste of a good premise. Gary Fledler's direction during the action sequences are among thee worst ive seen.
  5. AdamE.
    Nov 20, 2002
    4
    A very disappointing sci-fi film. But Sinise isn't the worst thing in this film. The direction is just terrible and the action sequences laughable. Philip K Dick would have commited suicide if he would have been alive when this film came out!
  6. Jan 6, 2015
    9
    Impostor is one of the lesser known stories by the master of Science Fiction, Philip K. Dick. It is so unknown, that one of his biggest fans, didn't even realize that this film was based on a story by Dick, until I saw it in the credits. As usual, the story is out of this world, as it takes place in the distance future, a future where the Earth is at war with an alien species. This speciesImpostor is one of the lesser known stories by the master of Science Fiction, Philip K. Dick. It is so unknown, that one of his biggest fans, didn't even realize that this film was based on a story by Dick, until I saw it in the credits. As usual, the story is out of this world, as it takes place in the distance future, a future where the Earth is at war with an alien species. This species has the ability to clone humans in such a realistic way, that it is nearly impossible to detect them. Special military investigator, Hathaway (Vincent D'Onofrio), is tasked with figuring out who has been replaced. On the eve of a big announcement by the President, Hathaway intercepts a transmission claiming that her top military adviser, Dr. Spencer Olham (Gary Sinise), has been replaced. When Hathaway confronts Olham, he claims to have no knowledge of this, and unlike previous replicates, he has memories. As Hathaway prepares to eliminate Olham, he escapes to the surface, where he teams up with the exiled citizens who live there. Together they try to prove Olham's innocence, while avoiding being captured by Hathaway. Vincent D'Onofrio stars as Hathaway, and much like his role in Law & Order: Criminal Intent his intensity and determination are infectious. He's paired with Gary Sinise, an actor I'm always disappointed to see in a leading role, and whom always manages to surprise me with a great performance. He isn't what I'd call an action star, and may not have been ideal for the role of Olham, but he was very believable. Impostor was only one of Dick's short stories, but it is every bit as good as his better known works, which of course include; Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report. If you want to see a unique story that blends Science Fiction, Drama, and Action, look no further than Impostor. Expand
  7. Oct 31, 2013
    8
    High tension, continuous running, solid performances and characters whose ordeal poses existential questions characterize this adaptation of Philip Dick's work.
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Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 13 out of 26
  1. 30
    Isn't really a movie, it's only impersonating one.
  2. It's a pleasure to watch a thinking-man's actor like Sinise adapt so easily to this challenge; he even keeps his dignity when forced to participate in the inevitable martial arts-inflected showdown.
  3. The last 15 minutes finally get it together for what passes as a movie experience with a considerable "gotcha!" quotient.