Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 8
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Release Date: Oct 7, 2002 Wide
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 8,203
Director Vincenzo Natali, famous for being the man behind the cult classic Cube, helms this spy thriller from the debut screenplay by writer Brian King. Jeremy Northam stars as Morgan Sullivan, a man who suddenly finds himself deeply embroiled in the fast-paced and dangerous world of corporate espionage. But it isn't until Sullivan meets a mysterious woman named Rita (Lucy Liu) that he begins to realize exactly what he's gotten himself into. Also starring David Hewlitt and Kari Matchett, Cypher
Oct 7, 2002 Wide
Aug 2, 2005
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Brian King's screenplay make this a fast paced science fiction adventure very much of the style of Philip K. Dick.
Wildly ill-conceived on-screen with a droning, derivative, mind-numbing, and incredibly bad film.
A bit too clever and precious for it's own good, it's a fairly decent yet predictable near-future thriller.
High style and noirish overtones about mind control and brainwashing in corporate America. Nothing new there, so nothing new here.
Just like the spies' mission as they hunt for secrets and significance inside massive corporate databanks, [Cypher's] point is unclear.
...it declines into high-tech gizmos, whizbang hardware, and hairbreadth escapes, leaving the brain behind for the sake of sheer, overinflated thrills.
It might be just another "DTV dump" title for Miramax, but I'd call Cypher (easily) one of the best direct-to-video titles I've seen all year.
Natali can't be bothered to fashion an actual human story around the perpetually buzzing toys and non-stop backstabbing and double-crossing.
combines industrial espionage with alternative reality in a satisfyingly mind-bending plot reminiscent of Philip K. Dick at his best.
I liked it during the scenes when something "cool" was being revealed on screen, but the moment that "cool" ended, my interest waned.
Kind of like a whole season of Alias boiled down to a 100-minute film.
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