Before you go on reading, please be warned! This review contains spoilers. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet and would like to enjoy it, when you actually watch it, please stop reading HERE!First of all: I love this movie! It actually covers all a good movie needs: a hero, action, spionage, unexpected twists and love.
But let’s start at the beginning with a short introduction taken from imdb.com: “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.” Of course the unsuspecting, disenchanted man is played by Jeremy Northam, whereas the mysterious femme fatale is played by Lucy Liu.
What I liked most was how the different characters were interpreted by Jeremy Northam. Starting as Morgan Sullivan the recipient begins to identify with and empathize with the character. The viewer just experiences what the character/s experience. Whenever Morgan Sullivan/ Jack Thursby/ Sebastian Rooks suffers, the viewer suffers with him. Whenever he doesn’t understand what’s going on, the viewer doesn’t either. And of course: when he discovers that he actually is the man everyone else fears, the viewer discovers as well – and is relieved, that he probably won’t be killed. And that’s what a great actor must be able to: to let his recipients feel a movie, not only see it. Jeremy Northam totally does it.
The script was very well written, I guess. The whole story is very interesting with a ton of unexpected twists and turns. I love that. I love movies that do not fit into a certain scheme. And “Cypher” doesn’t. I’ve only watches a few movies, in which the main character had to switch his/her personality or – better said – identity as often.
The only thing I didn’t get during the first one hour (approximately): what are they spying for? Maybe I even didn’t get it at all. I’m still asking myself what all these people are used for. Sunways didn’t seem to employ as many people as were brainwashed. But ok, that may be a difficulty, that only I see… 🙂
If I would have to grade this movie, it’d get a 8 out of 10.