Conspiracy Theory 1997

Conspiracy Theory

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New York City cabbie Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is an expert on paranoid conspiracy theories. He is also infatuated with government lawyer Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts), who permits his attention because he once rescued her from a mugging. However, when Jerry is captured and put through psychotic tests by Dr. Jonas (Patrick Stewart), he realizes there is an actual conspiracy. After escaping, Jerry enlists Alice's help, but she wonders whether he has uncovered a real threat or is just insane.

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  • Aug 29, 2015
    Stilted offering that's opener is that we accept Gibson's lunatic fringe wackjob taxicab driver as a nice guy. Doesn't materialize. I found myself thinking instead that here was an example of the type of antics that got him railroaded out of the fast lane of Hollywood. I'm not a big Julia Roberts fan, but Gibson was so offensive that for once I sympathized with her, particularly when while he was in the middle of a loony rampage and she was called on to look at him with warmth. There are many scenes like that. Believability quotient: zero. I kept wondering when he was gonna get tasered. Patrick Stewart, the bad guy in these proceedings, plays against the overplayed lunacy and comes off doing a superior sinister indeed. Imagine a root canal ... that's what watching this is like.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2015
    Entertaining and fun, Conspiracy Theory is an exciting political thriller from director Richard Donner. Mel Gibson stars as a New York taxi driver and conspiracy theorist who seeks the help of a DOJ lawyer (played by Julia Roberts) after escaping from a CIA black ops team. The film does a good job at using the conspiracy motif; working in several popular conspiracies (such as black helicopters and RFID chips), and playing with a number of conspiracy tropes. However, this also makes things a little confusing and overly complicated at times. But, Donner's able to mitigate some of this by keeping the tone lighthearted with bits of comedy and satire. Additionally, the score is especially well-done and brings a nice energy to the film. Though it has some problems, Conspiracy Theory holds up and is an enjoyable film that's full of suspense and intrigue.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2012
    An average film but entertaining enough. If a movie has Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, and Patrick Stewart, it's definitely worth a try.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2011
    Conspiracy Theory is a pretty interesting film, but it has a number of flaws. It has a good cast, but Gibson's character is an annoying one, and Roberts just doesn't seem like she's into the film at times. Aside from this, the plot is really convoluted, and comes out of nowhere. The rogue CIA agents basically trigger the whole plot and thus give credence to the conspiracy theories that Gibson's character spouts. If they didn't try to kill him, they wouldn't have caused him to get support from the Department of Justice or the CIA. I just don't like the fact that the story is its own self-fulfilling prophecy.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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