Impostor (2002)




Critic Consensus: With its low production value and uninspired direction, Impostor comes off as a mixture of The Fugitive and Blade Runner, only not as good or as involving.

Movie Info

The year is 2079. The earth has been at war with an alien force for over a decade. Spencer Olham is a lauded government scientist whose latest work promises to save the planet. But suddenly he is accused of being an alien spy, and becomes the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Olham is faced with a two-tiered dilemma- can he prove his identity to the secret police in time to help mankind? Can he ultimately prove his identity to himself?

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sci-fi violence, some sensuality and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Caroline Case, Ehren Kruger, David Twohy, Mark Protosevich, Scott Rosenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2002
Box Office: $5.3M
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Critic Reviews for Impostor

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (27)

The performances are solid, with Sinise's sobriety and lack of histrionics, especially, making him an anchoring and sympathetic presence.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A worthy successor to those sci-fi B-movies of old even if it is nowhere in the league of such Dick-inspired films as Total Recall and Blade Runner.

October 15, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A great cast can't save the poor script.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

A miasma of indifferent screenwriting and wobbly performances.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

What happened here?

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

The history behind Impostor is perhaps more compelling than the film itself.

Full Review… | August 21, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Impostor


i really enjoyed this movie it hasnt been given enough credit to be honest
i like the the way its been set and the year its funny and action packed and with a twist the ending is a bit disappointing but the thing with a lot of films is that the entire film is brilliant and then they sort of run out of time towards the end so they rush it but neverthe less worth a watch!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Weapons designer Gary Sinise finds himself on the run in a warring future state after being accused of being an alien spy. Yet another potboiler based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Impostor doesn't really have the depth or invention to satisfyingly explore the source material's themes of identity and sense of self. It does however have some nice effects and production design, and a cast that although lacking in big name stars, does have enough in the way of solid character actors to keep you watching, including Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub and Madeleine Stowe. The rather straight to DVD style direction and unimaginative plot (it's basically just a long chase sequence) means it will win no prizes for originality, but taken as a no frills sci-fi B-movie it has enough action and twists to pass 80 minutes inoffensively enough. Nowhere near the best Philip K. Dick adaptation, but far from the worst.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Great story and the casting was spot on. The action worked but the emotional conflict with the characters were what makes this a great movie.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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