Cypher

2002

Cypher

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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 was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Fantasy at the 2003 Fantasporo Film Festival.

Cast

Jeremy Northam
as Morgan Sullivan
Lucy Liu
as Rita Foster
Nigel Bennett
as Finnster
David Hewlett
as Virgil Dunn
Kari Matchett
as Diane Thursby
Kristina Nicoll
as Amy Sullivan
Boyd Banks
as Fred Garfield
Steve Jackson
as Waiter Buffalo
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Critic Reviews for Cypher

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Audience Reviews for Cypher

  • Jun 07, 2010
    Natali's sophmore film, and a great follow-up to Cube. Here he has a bigger budget to work with, and the main thing that hurt Cube, sub-par acting by a couple cast members, is not evident here. I can not praise this film enough. No, it's not a perfect film, but boy is it a breathe of fresh air! In my opinion, this is his best film to date. Jeremy Northam continues to prove he is one of the most under-rated actors in the business, along with David Hewlitt, who is in all of Natali's work, and really is a great actor, especially in this film! The scene he is in is by far the most compelling scene in the film, along with one of the most compelling scenes in recent memory. Lucy Liu also isn't half-bad. If you've stayed with me for this long, you are probably wondering what this film is about? Do yourself a favor: PLEASE don't research the plot. You will enjoy it so much more if you don't know what to expect. I will give you this short summary: Corporate Espionage with a twist. Jeremy Northam becomes spy for a corporation, only to find out he's in something way bigger than he thought he was, and the only way out, it to get deeper inside.
    Kyle S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2008
    A fine thriller. Unexpectedly delightful to watch.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2008
    Quirky but interesting premise..plot gets more convoluted as it progresss however..some nice comedic touches..worth a watch..good male lead performance
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2007
    Pulpy sci-fi espionage thriller that's so full of twists and turns you soon don't know whether you're coming or going. Some nice shots and good use of effects, though, and Lucy Liu is always welcome.
    Steven V Super Reviewer

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