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An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.
Cypher is a relatively unknown gem of a movie. Directed by Vincenzo Natali, who we have to thank for the splendid low budget mystery film Cube, we again are treated to another great idea, this time executed extremely well indeed. It looks stunning with some great visuals and cinematography, it's meagre budget was certainly eked out well.
The film follows Morgan Sullivan, a drip of a man who craves for a more exciting life and is bored with his mundane existence at work and home. He starts a new job working for a global computer corporation called Digicorp. His job seems very simple - travelling to various conventions around America to covertly record the speeches that are made by Digicorp's…
I'm a pretty big Vincenzo Natali supporter. I tend to lump him in with Brad Anderson and David Twohy as keepers of the true B-movie flame due to the fact all three tend to make solid genres movies with modest budgets. And that's exactly what Cypher is: a solid sci-fi/noir made with style on a limited budget.
If you can take the couple of big CG scenes with a grain of salt, you have yourself a handsomely shot and fairly entertaining little movie that twists and turns along at a nice pace. The third act gets convoluted and it comes dangerously close to shitting the bed at the end (many would argue it actually does), but if you dig phildickian thrillers you may dig this.
Cypher is a good (not great) small budget mystery-thriller with a few sci-fi elements. If you watch it expecting something more akin to the Masterpiece Contemporary series than to The Matrix you'll be in the right frame-of-mind. It doesn't have big budget cinematography and some of the score is outright terrible and cheesy (is that a xylophone?), but whatever it lacks in polish it makes up for in story. Jeremy Northam and Lucy Liu are involved in some sort of mysterious maze that keeps you guessing almost to the end. The plot might be a tad over-convoluted and repetitious, and you might predict a few things, but that's ok. The ride is still fun.
lovely visuals throughout, dull greys contrasted with stark, sharply drawn black and whites. the relatively simple visual palette plays against the shady, murky goings on of the espionage world we're embroiled in. really sleek, yet hopelessly blurred lines between corporations and their motives regarding the title character are pretty much constantly in flux, and i really dug the sense of mystery it sustained for most of its runtime.
A very enjoyable, if a bit predictable, spy/noir/science fiction film.
The plot is beautifully structured and the pacing with which it is told is almost without fault. It has a lot of style and enough quirkiness to reach a level that is just a bit higher than most films of this type.
It is just a shame it tries to pull a couple of twists too many that I could see coming miles ahead anyway.
Then again, I probably watch too many movies...
A solid thriller and something of an underrated little gem set in the near future about a chap leading an uneventful life who decides to spice things up by becoming a corporate spy. Initially, the world of corporate espionage seems to be disappointingly dull but things soon take a turn for the strange and dangerous, with the appearance of a mysterious woman and her elusive super-spy boss lurking behind in the shadows behind it all.
It's one of those films I love coming back to, one with solid performances and which deals with interesting notions of the interchangeability of identity and the power and paranoia of corporations, and no amount of dodgy CGI can wither it.
Interesting story, with a twist.
The surrealism in this was amazing.
After seeing so many great reviews, I wanted to like this film. Well.... "shit" happens.
17 de Fevereiro a 3 de Março 2003
Rivoli Grande Auditório
Shlocky, contemporarized paranoid thriller updated to the corporate espionage era. Northam makes for an, initially, suitably bland cliche of a dull corporate drone who comes alive at the opportunity to reinvent himself, slowly seduced into an ever widening spiral of double agents and shady powers, matched by Northam's growing paranoia and confusion which lead to a slowly dawning willfullness.. An overly convoluted plot and thin, archetypal characters keep this film from being much more than a style-heavy retread of familiar themes (determinism, identity, personal fulfillment). Natali's pronounced aesthetic (the film's first act is shot in washed out grays, creating a somnolent look for the world) feels suitably unnatural for the film's heightened, sci-fi future reality. Natali's ambitious visual conception suffers when it comes up against the limited budget and CGI technology of the film's production in 2002.
Decent story of a double agent spy working two companies against each other is pretty good once it gets going.
Some very questionable camera work makes some or all his film hard to take.
There's a little if double crossing and it can get hard to keep up with things, and the final twist is actually quite good.
This is an okay puzzler about extreme corporate espionage... a little heavy on the twists and turns for me last night. I like Natali's work before and after this film better. But it wasn't "bad."
Up to the, unnecessarily so, cliché final sequences this film was fairly entertaining. Nothing more, nothing less. With Lucy Liu overstaying her welcome and a plot that tries too hard to seem clever it failed to convince me in being a great film. Which really is a shame seeing the potential it showed during the first half.
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