Conspiracy Theory

1997

Conspiracy Theory

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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 forbidden information, with a subscription list that now totals five people. In short, Jerry seems like just another New York City lunatic, and while he spends a fair amount of his spare time following Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts), a government attorney, Alice regards him as harmless; he once intervened while she was being mugged, and he's been acting like her benign if whacked-out protector ever since. However, one day Jerry is kidnapped and worked over by CIA operatives; he is convinced that one of the theories he uncovered must be for real -- but he has no idea which one. He tries to get Alice to help him, and before long both are drawn into a dangerous web that leads to a startling revelation of just how Jerry got this way. Mel Gibson gives a fine comic performance, and those with a taste for alternative media will have fun dissecting which of the theories Jerry spouts are "real" (or at least appeared before this film was made) and which were the invention of the screenwriters. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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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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