Conspiracy Theory Reviews

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Super Reviewer
June 29, 2008
Gibson and Roberts, throw in patrick stewart and the movie should have been a lot better. Decent movie but just okay.
Super Reviewer
June 13, 2006
Another outstanding collaboration of the "Lethal Weapon" dream team Gibson and Donner, creating a funny, enthralling and exciting conspiracy thriller with all elements it needs. While Gibson's character is clearly a lunatic he finally may be onto something as suddenly an agency is out to have him killed, and only Julia Roberts (who never looked cuter) can help him. The chemistry between the two stars is great and helps a lot to make this work, the smart and engrossing script helps too and of course Donner knows how to direct chases. Sometimes the lunacy goes a bit over board, but the dots of humor doesn't make the overall threat any smaller and the movie always manages to keep you on the edge of your seat. Carter Burwell delievered an excellent soundtrack for it, too. And the last five minutes are near-perfect. Excellent thriller movie making.
Super Reviewer
July 28, 2006
Whilst Mel Gibson's performance is ridiculously over the top, the storyline is of interest as a paranoia/conspiracy film.

In real terms, the storyline seems completely far fetched, but then aren't most conpiracies?
garyX
Super Reviewer
½ December 30, 2006
Paranoid cab driver Mel Gibson becomes the target for government spooks when one of his many bizarre conspiracy theories turns out to be true. The team that brought us the Lethal Weapon franchise reunite for more slapstick action in this Hollywood thriller that couldn't be more middle of the road if it were scattered with roadkill. Gibson goes through the usual likeable loon motions as he tries to romance terminally bland attorney Julia Roberts while being chased by the usual gun toting, black clad suspects in helicopters and on motorbikes. Donner is quite adept at mainstream action but thanks to some unnecessary chases and flabby pacing it gets less and less interesting as it goes and a potentially interesting plot twist is jettisoned in favour of the usual idiot pleasing happy ending, provided by a quite excruciating final scene. Slightly reminiscent of Jackie Chan's early combinations of espionage and comedy it's inoffensive junk, but it's still junk.
Super Reviewer
½ January 1, 2007
It's an ok thriller, a little too long and not as clever as it maybe hoped. A strong cast line up raises it a bit above average and the story is ok and interesting for a one time watch. Looking a little dated now though.
Super Reviewer
November 28, 2009
I loved the idea of this movie and it completely delivered. Mel Gibson was amazing and gave one of his best performances in years. It actually turned out to be a very touching story that you can't help but get wrapped up in. Richard Donner always has a great style that is easy to follow.
Super Reviewer
September 29, 2009
There is a Conspiracy Theory going around that this is a good film!
FiLmCrAzY
Super Reviewer
September 10, 2007
really good
i like a good old 'you have to think' sort of movie and this movie deosnt disappoint.
Gibson is a man who people may think is crazy as he thinks theres conspirosys everywhere and everyones watching and listening to everything everyone says.
This movie keeps you on the egde of your seat and keeps you interested in the plot!
Really worth a watch
sanjurosamurai
Super Reviewer
January 18, 2007
interesting and good
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2007
I have fun with this.
Super Reviewer
August 26, 2007
Didn't like this one. Although Gibson rips off another great performance the storyline and thrils are completely wasted and muddled. Not to mention Roberts has the "why did I sign up for this part" look on her face throughout the entire movie. Love Patrick Stewart as the bad guy, but the Hollywood ending and length (2 hrs and 12 minutes, give me a break) makes me say no to this one.
deano
Super Reviewer
½ November 1, 2006
Very thrilling with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts on their runs in this suspense film.
thmtsang
Super Reviewer
July 14, 2007
Mel's mind is all messed up but he knows he has to look out for Julia. Want to cry during the eye scene.
puffchunk
Super Reviewer
January 26, 2007
Fun movie where I guy bites someones nose off. Awesome...
Super Reviewer
October 3, 2006
Nice thriller with a few good twists, end is rather obvious though
Super Reviewer
½ March 1, 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.
Super Reviewer
½ February 6, 2011
Conspiracy Theory begins with an interesting premise: what if the paranoid delusional nutcase actually is right about something? It also boasts credible star power, with Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts and a coldly menacing Patrick Stewart leading the cast. However, the film offers nothing for audiences to grab on to, no foothold or solid plot thread. Its meandering pace hurts the "thriller" aspect greatly - a good number of the scenes seem twice as long as they actually need to be, for one. Mel Gibson appears to be enjoying himself, but his character is not much more than a rambling, incoherent and absurd mess. The whole mystery of what exactly happened to him doesn't matter much when it's not a character you really care about. Julia Roberts is fairly believeable as a US Attorney worker, and her calm and rational character is supposed to work as a counterpoint for Gibson's, but a lot of their chemistry seems forced and overly awkward. Patrick Stewart actually doesn't do much at all - those glasses and the scar on his nose do all the work for him. In addition, the film is tonally very odd and inconsistent - the main character of Jerry Fletcher seems to have stepped straight out of a comedy, but the film really wants to be a tense thriller, and in the end it isn't really either one. This film may have worked in theory, but in practise doesn't hold together.
Super Reviewer
August 31, 2010
This was one of those where you have to rewind because you didn't get it the first time. DON'T watch this movie with anyone who believes in conspiracy theories because they will say, "See see!!!! I told you! It's true!' or "They are making him out to be fanatic and a crazy person when really that theory is most likely true." Etc. etc. They will interrupt, so watch it alone or with people who don't interrupt movies.
Super Reviewer
½ August 25, 2011
People are suckers for conspiracy theories. This film is quite entertaining as it tickles the notion through this conspiracy obsessed protagonist. Gibson seems to play well the guy verging on insanity.
Super Reviewer
½ August 4, 2010
I think the wrong movie was made here. Mel Gibson as an actor seems to be at his best when his character is a lunatic (art reflects life). The opening moments seems to promise an interesting story of one of those conspiracy nuts who talk about the grassy knoll and black helicopters, but then the movie becomes a lazy action movie in which the crazy man is right. Its also worth noting that the attempts at humor that are sprinkled here and there seem forced and don't work.
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