Conspiracy theory (1997)

What you know could kill you.

Original Title : Conspiracy Theory
Director : Richard Donner
Writer : Brian Helgeland
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Dan Cracchiolo , Richard Donner , Julie Durk , J. Mills Goodloe , Ilyse A. Reutlinger , Joel Silver , Richard Solomon , Jim Van Wyck
Music : Carter Burwell
Photography : John Schwartzman
Distributor : Argentina Video Home (AVH) [ar]
MPAA Rating : Rated R for some violence.
IMDB ID : 0118883
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Mel Gibson Jerry Fletcher/Dr. Fine
Julia Roberts Alice Sutton
Julia Roberts Alice Sutton


Jerry Fletcher is a man in love with a woman he observes from afar. She works for the government. Fletcher is an outspoken critic of that government. He has conspiracy theories for everything, from aliens to political assassinations. But soon, one of his theories finds itself to be accurate. But which one? Some dangerous people want him dead and the only person he trusts is that woman he loves but does not know. Mel Gibson is a New York taxi driver, who has a strange habit. He makes complicated scenarios of conspiracies and publishes them to the Internet. He keeps doing that, until something unbelievable happens: One of his "conspiracy theories" turns out to be real, and so he finds himself chased by the man hiding behind the whole thing.


Too many inconsistencies. Basically a formulaic, uneven, overlong conspiracy thriller, despite the occasional quirkiness and some truly intriguing plot twists. Too many flaws and inconsistencies prevent it from being particularly entertaining, some of Gibson's actions are so far-fetched that we can't take this very seriously as a thriller - and it's never clear if we are supposed to or not. Gibson is very good in a difficult, messily written role, and Patrick Stewart gives a calmly effective performance as the villain, on the other hand, Julia Roberts could hardly be more bland - as a result, very little chemistry between her and Gibson is created.(**1/2)
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