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Impostor (2002)



Critic Consensus: With its low production value and uninspired direction, Impostor comes off as a mixture of The Fugitive and Blade Runner, only not as good or as involving.

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The year is 2079. The earth has been at war with an alien force for over a decade. Spencer Olham is a lauded government scientist whose latest work promises to save the planet. But suddenly he is accused of being an alien spy, and becomes the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Olham is faced with a two-tiered dilemma- can he prove his identity to the secret police in time to help mankind? Can he ultimately prove his identity to himself?

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Tim Guinee
as Dr. Carone
Jason Beck
as Gang Boy No. 2
Judy Jean Berns
as Disgruntled Woman
Veena Bidasha
as Frowning Nurse
Ellen Bradley
as Nursing Mother
Shane Brolly
as Lieutenant Burrows
Golden Brooks
as Cale's Sister
Brian Brophy
as Military Official
Burt Bulos
as Newscaster No. 3
Scott Burkholder
as Jack Stoller
Morty Coyle
as Kissing Couple Man
Yvette Ocampo Coyle
as Kissing couple woman
as Trooper No. 2
Lindsay Crouse
as Chancellor
Una Damon
as Local newscaster
Gary Dourdan
as Captain Burke
John Gatins
as Patient/Soldier
Erica Gimpel
as Newscaster
Bayani Ison
as Squad leader
Arly Jover
as Newscaster No. 2
Elizabeth Kate
as Maya Lookalike
Jonelle Kennedy
as screaming nurse
Ted King
as RMR Operator
Rachel Luttrell
as Scan room nurse
Malea McGuinness
as Screaming Nurse
Ivana Milicevic
as Gang girl
Diane Mizota
as Receptionist
Adam Rodriguez
as Trooper No. 1
Kimberly Scott
as Comms officer
Greg Serand
as Gang Boy No. 1
Mac Sinise
as Young Spence
Giovanni Sirchia
as Trooper No. 3
Maury Sterling
as Comms Tech
Julie Vitz
as Typox Child
Tracey Walter
as Mr. Siegel
Tim Walsh
as Arrested Engineer
Dwayne Wycoff
as Esa Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Impostor

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (33)

A great cast can't save the poor script.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A miasma of indifferent screenwriting and wobbly performances.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The performances are solid, with Sinise's sobriety and lack of histrionics, especially, making him an anchoring and sympathetic presence.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

A worthy successor to those sci-fi B-movies of old even if it is nowhere in the league of such Dick-inspired films as Total Recall and Blade Runner.

October 15, 2002

The film sags in its second act, but it's interesting, high-IQ sci-fi, and if ever a film spoke to America's post-September 11 paranoia, this one does.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This potentially stylish cyberpunk movie is turned into nothing more than an endless series of tiresome chase sequences.

June 10, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Impostor


An intense action thriller, Impostor is an impressive science fiction tale from Philip K. Dick. Based on a short story, a government scientist named Spencer Olham is accused of being an alien replicant and goes on the run in order to find a way to prove his innocence. Gary Sinise and Madeleine Stowe lead the cast and deliver fairly good performances. The special effects are also rather good (all things considered), and create a unique dystopian future. Additionally, the material is quite relevant in its dealing with themes of terrorism and police powers in wartime. Impostor has some issues, but the sci-fi themes are handled quite well.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


i really enjoyed this movie it hasnt been given enough credit to be honest i like the the way its been set and the year its funny and action packed and with a twist the ending is a bit disappointing but the thing with a lot of films is that the entire film is brilliant and then they sort of run out of time towards the end so they rush it but neverthe less worth a watch!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Weapons designer Gary Sinise finds himself on the run in a warring future state after being accused of being an alien spy. Yet another potboiler based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Impostor doesn't really have the depth or invention to satisfyingly explore the source material's themes of identity and sense of self. It does however have some nice effects and production design, and a cast that although lacking in big name stars, does have enough in the way of solid character actors to keep you watching, including Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub and Madeleine Stowe. The rather straight to DVD style direction and unimaginative plot (it's basically just a long chase sequence) means it will win no prizes for originality, but taken as a no frills sci-fi B-movie it has enough action and twists to pass 80 minutes inoffensively enough. Nowhere near the best Philip K. Dick adaptation, but far from the worst.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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