"Do Yourself a favor and watch the original 40 minute version."
At it's core, Impostor is not an awful movie. It's not a terribly original film, either, but then, it is based on another Philip K. Dick story, which, if Hollywood is any indication, are all based around the same theme anyway - man's identity is stolen, man is not sure who or what he is, man must discover the truth and prove his innoncence, blah blah blah.Originally slated as a 40 minute installment in a sci-fi trilogy film, Impostor should have been left that way. In fact, the original 40 minute film is on the DVD, and I suggest you watch that instead. Stripped of all it's extraneous characters and scenes and borrowed footage from other sci-fi films with bigger budgets, "Impostor" isn't a bad little tale. It's "Total Recall" without the action, or "Minority Report" without the excess of gadgetry and the tacked-on sappy ending.
The plot is that Earth is at war with the Alpha Centauri (yeah, we never get to see them, but who cares? The story isn't about aliens, it's about man's quest to reclaim his identity, remember?) Gary Sinise plays Spencer Olham, a brilliant military scientist who suddenly finds himself accused of being a Centauri impostor, a genetically engineered robot clone thingamajig with a nuclear detonator for a heart who is targeted to go off when he gets near the president or chancelor or whatever they call the leader of Earth in THE FUTURE. He finds himself strapped to a chair and interrogated by an over the top Vincent Donofrio as a security officer. Naturally, Olham escapes and begs his wife (Madeline Stowe, still not doing any respectable roles, but still looking damn good) to meet with him. She of course betrays him and tips the security officers, only to have a change of heart and go on the lam with her husband.The ending, while not the most stunning twist in the history of film, is at least appropriately grim. Sinise and Stowe turn in competent performances, and even Donofrio's hamminess is bearable. Certainly they are hampered by some stilted dialouge, and either the adaptation wasn't very well-written, or Dick's original story wasn't all that great. I'm betting on the former. But at least it's no Battlefield Earth - although it does borrow footage from that film.