Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in 2000 and 14 Aug 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A helicopter pilot returns home one evening to find a doppelganger in his house. He must try and find out why before he is captured and killed by those responsible.
My Take on it – This is one of the few earlier Arnold Schwarzenegger films that he feels miscast in the title role.
The premise of this film is quite good, but is bogged down by the casting of Arnie because he just can’t play this kind of character so easily.
The supporting cast is quite well here with Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rappaport, Michael Rooker, Sela Ward and Robert Duvall all doing fine jobs here.
They also do a great job representing what a futuristic world may actually be made up of.
Unfortunately, most of these ideas have yet to become reality in the 17 years since this was made.
The plot stumbles a bit along the way and they introduce ideas that might be interesting to explore yet abandon them immediately which makes you wonder why they brought them up in the first place.
Among the many ideas brought up here include philosophical, moral, ethical and religious questions that can be pondered for quite a long time after the film ends.
Who knows what the true answers are, but the fact that they ask the questions i enough to start certain debates.
Bottom Line – Great premise that loses some of its impact since Arnie was chosen in the title role. Leaves you so much to ponder about so many subjects all at once because it touches on so many great issues. The plot meanders a bit at the midway point and even hints at a larger conspiracy but never delves into it which makes you question why it was even brought up in the first place. Great supporting cast along with a nice representation of what a futuristic world may entail. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The DVD commentary is done inexplicably by Trevor Rabin, the film’s Composer, and no one else. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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