Jeremy Northam plays the rather insecure Morgan Sullivan, who applies for a job as a corporate spy for Digicorp. His first few missions under the identity of James Thursby go well, but he is tormented by headaches and strange nightmares. Then he encounters Lucy Liu, who reveals that his missions are a sham and that Digicorp is brainwashing him to believe that he really IS Thursby, and so will be the perfect double agent to spy on another company.
Then the plot gets complicated. Thi… is one of those what-is-real-and-who-am-I? paranoia thrillers, featuring the kind of storyline beloved of Phillip K. Dick. Low of budget and key, and with a resolution that isn’t entirely surprising, this has style to burn, and a really neat visual look. Northam is terrific in the role, and Liu continues to make a career for herself playing enigmatic super-agents.
Low key film, but a lot of attention has been lavished on the sound. The 5.1 is very atmospheric, with excellent placement (both in terms of sound effects and music). The result is almost total immersion. Excellent work.
The widescreen image is sharp, and the colours are very strong (using a palette that is deliberately monotone from scene to scene). The blacks are terrific, which is important, given how much they are used, and there is no grain or visible edge enhancement. A fine transfer.
A few trailers, and that’s it. The menu is basic.
Much smarter than most of the big-budget SF pics out there. Definitely worth a look.
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