Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
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Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is a New York City cab driver who seems to have absorbed every bit of crackpot information passed along as "suppressed news" that's surfaced on talk radio or the Internet in the past 20 years. Anti-United Nations militia men who are actually U.N. operatives? NASA scientists engineering earthquakes? Oliver Stone's secret life as a government agent discrediting conspiracy theorists? Jerry's heard 'em all and believes most of them, and even publishes his own journal of
Aug 8, 1997 Wide
Dec 30, 1997
Warner Home Video
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Donner directs with an efficient hand. He keeps the action moving briskly. But most important for this format, he knows how to slip in a quick joke or two without detracting from the tension of the suspenseful plot.
...more long-winded than cunningly elaborate, more simplistic than elegantly simple, and more nonsensical than anything else.
...the strong impact that Gibson makes as damaged goods is diluted by selling Jerry as cute and redeemable.
In the hands of stars in denial about their stardom and a director who can't be bothered to take things seriously, it has come out implausible and unsatisfying, a comic thriller that is not especially funny or thrilling.
Unfortunately, the parts of the movie that are truly good are buried beneath the deadening layers of thriller cliches and an unconvincing love story.
...a marginally engrossing thriller that ultimately comes off as something of a disappointment...
About a truth seeker who has a difficult time figuring out who to trust in a world where everyone seems to be playing multiple roles.
If you've ever questioned Gibson's appeal, this serio-comic thriller offers 135 minutes of persuasive evidence as to why he's become one of the world's most reliable box-office draws.
...even at two hours and 15 minutes, Conspiracy Theory is fast-paced and exciting, effectively mixing drama, comedy, ingenuity, suspense, revelation and a heartening sense of a triumph of humanity.
Parece que se tornou uma especialidade de Hollywood transformar idéias boas, criativas, em filmes de perseguição constante.
I guess a Julia Roberts fetish can't overcome a crummy script and bad production values after all.
The action gets tiresome early, and the inspiration-starved script shamelessly lifts key plot elements from The Parallax View and Manchurian Candidate.
Mel's sheepish grins, charming buffoonery and flashes of wit carry the picture to such an extent that we are generously forgiving towards the skimpy dividend that is the return for our investment.
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