IMPOSTOR (2002) If you've always longed to overdose on the blue-ice-filter school of nightscape cinematography, then you've come to the right place. Nearly every moment in this… 2002-01-04 PG-13 PT96M Mystery and Thriller Sci-fi and Fantasy Vincent D'Onofrio Gary Sinise Madeleine Stowe Gary Dourdan Mekhi Phifer Tony Shalhoub Dimension Films
Movie Review

IMPOSTOR (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
D

Details Release Date: Jan 04, 2002; Rated: PG-13; Length: 96 Minutes; Genres: Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Vincent D'Onofrio, Gary Sinise and Madeleine Stowe; Distributor: Dimension Films

If you've always longed to overdose on the blue-ice-filter school of nightscape cinematography, then you've come to the right place. Nearly every moment in this frenzied mess of a techno-wasteland chase thriller looks as if it was shot inside a cave of neon. The entire movie has the meaninglessly burnished, sunglasses-at-midnight glow of an early-'90s car commercial -- a visual scheme guaranteed to leave the audience squinting between yawns. If you squint hard enough, you may just catch a glimpse of Gary Sinise transforming his facial expression from earnest to stoic and then back again. He plays an elite military scientist in the paranoid, war-torn earth of 2079 who suddenly finds himself accused of being an alien replicant with a suicide bomb implanted in his heart. (Talk about geek metaphors.) Is he or isn't he? And why should you care? Impostor was adapted from a 1953 short story by Philip K. Dick, but it feels less like a cousin to Blade Runner than like a bottom-feeder sequel in the Escape From New York series.

Originally posted Jan 18, 2002 Published in issue #635 Jan 18, 2002 Order article reprints