When computer expert Morgan Sullivan (Jeremy Northam) joins a huge multinational company, he assumes a new identity and is sent undercover to investigate corporate espionage. Before long, he finds himself caught up in a vicious cycle of paranoia and mistrust. Then along comes Rita (Lucy Liu), a sexy and smart secret agent who informs Sullivan that he’s being brainwashed and that she is the only one who can help him.
Cypher is equal parts science fiction amazement with equal parts silliness. There‘s a lot I liked about the film. Some of the visuals were very good especially for a film I had never heard of. I thought Jeremy Northam was very good (probably the best work I‘ve seen from him in a while). He plays the naïve guy very well and you understand how he gets trapped in all of it. The direction was pretty good too and the dialogue is prototypical sci-fi, but this being that type of film, it fit.
I did have issues with the film. I just couldn’t get into Lucy Liu’s character and some of the story seemed like complete nonsense that I lost interest in the story itself. The film could have been a bit shorter because it seemed to die out towards the end. I wouldn’t say it was hard to follow especially if you like the genre, but some of the twists and turns seemed unnecessary to get to the ending it went with.
You can find a lot worse than Cypher. It has its flaws, but it also does a lot right. Sure it’s just a small budget Matrix clone, but if you like sci-fi, you’ll probably like it. Maybe with a few different actors/actresses it could have been better, but I did enjoy it for the most part and it is overall…
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