(248)6.81 h 35 min2005NR
When computer expert Morgan Sullivan joins a huge multinational company, he assumes a new identity and is sent undercover to investigate corporate espionage. Before long, he finds himself caught up in a vicious cycle of paranoia and mistrust. Then along comes Rita, a sexy and smart secret agent who informs Sullivan that he's being brainwashed -- and that she is the only one who can help him.
Vincenzo Natali
Jeremy NorthamLucy LiuNigel Bennett
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Timothy WebberDavid Hewlett
Paul FederbushWendy GreanCasey LaScalaHunt Lowry
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moslinReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great plot twist amazing film, quiet but suspensful. Underrated Sci Fi Thriller masterpiece.
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-Vudu/Ultra violet is crap first I encountered does not work on your browser then you need adobe flash player then my anti malware software blocked the vuduto go app installer. Trying to watch the film online was horrendous the website lagged and the audio was super low quality and quiet. I recommend you enhance the dvd with a blu ray player and stick to the dvd over vudu digital.

+Very underrated film with an amazing ensemble of actors. Every single actor gives a great performance in this film not just the stars everyone knows Jeremy Northam and Lucy Liu. Nigel Bennet plays his role to perfection. As a fan of stargate atlantis I loved seeing David Hewlett in this film.

+Turned me into a scotch drinker.

+One of the few movies where I was totally satisfied with the ending.
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S. FeldmanReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The 2016 DVD may have 14 or 16 minutes of reinstated deleted scenes
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This is one of my favorite movies, but then, I like everything that Vincenzo Natali has directed, including the underappreciated [[ASIN:B000AQKV1W Nothing]] and [[ASIN:B00FYV7WCY Haunter]].

There is something odd about the Amazon listing for the 2016 release of Cypher. Amazon lists the 2005 Miramax DVD of [[ASIN:B0007US7DK Cypher]] as having a running time of 95 minutes, but lists the newly released 2016 Lionsgate DVD as having a running time of 111 minutes. I asked Vincenzo Natali about this on Twitter, and he said, "There was only one cut. Very strange."

Does anyone know whether the Miramax and Lionsgate DVDs do indeed having different running times, and if so, what the differences in the versions might be, or is there a typo in one of the running times? The IMDb lists the time as 95 min.

I have the 2-disc MC One German DVD of Cypher, and there are a total of 9 deleted scenes which total 16 minutes 34 seconds. Since 95 mins + 16 mins 34 secs = 110 mins 34 secs, I am assuming that the deleted scenes from the MC One DVD were cut back into the 111 minute Lionsgate version of the film. The deleted scenes are listed at the website as:

- Alternative title sequence (2:10)
- Morgan & Amy I (1:17)
- Morgan & Amy II (2:04)
- Alternative flashbacks I (1:07)
- Alternative flashbacks II (0:35)
- On the plane (1:18)
- New home (4:56)
- Calloway's Friday (1:50)
- Morgan & Diane (1:17)

If I am correct about the 9 deleted scenes being reinstated, one question remains: since the first deleted scene is named "Alternative title sequence," how can they add this to the 95 minute cut of the film without winding up with two title sequences?
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benReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The most important task is to find out who you are...
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This film may be taken in solely as an entertaining sci-fi flick, but it is much more. The story line is filled with good writing, humor, and drama. A close look reveals the perennial hero's journey and the struggle for meaning.

The deeper story hidden to many viewers in this film is that of discovery of one's soul and true identity. The world created by the ego is shattered and all delusions about one's identity along with it. An array of archetypal characters appear within the story which flows like a dream---or, rather, more like a 'nightmare.' One of the more important of the characters is Rita, which means 'pearl.' It becomes apparent to this viewer that she represents the 'soul image' of the main character...

I can highly recommend it to anyone who revels in the world of human imagination.

The potential for several layers of meaning in the film make for delightful viewing!
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G-manReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I found this movie to be a very good story about industrial espionage and very good detective type story with unexpected twists. It shows a man being hired to infiltrate another company as a spy. Later he is sent to other evnts to steal information from other companies. Only when a mysterious woman helps him discover that he is being brainwashed, does he realize that he is to infiltrate one major competitor and give them false information. After the spies serve their purposes, they are disposed of to keep the company that sent them free from being blamed for the thefts. The twist comes when the man discovers he had his mind wiped clean, to become a spy, fool both major company security forces, get the disc that has the identity of his girl friend whom he nows remember he was in love with. This movie will keep you guessing until the very end about what and why things are happening. I would recommend this to anyone who hates to know how most movies will end after only a few minutes into them.
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AMPReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
"If You Want Answers, Take the Shot!"
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The Good Things
*A few neat special effects that are used quite effectively.
*Excellent filming style. Very solid, fluid, and slick.
*Very nifty production design. Lots of interesting sets, costumes, and props. Some of it (like seeing the blocks and blocks of houses that are all perfectly alike) makes you think.
*Interesting use of textures and monochrome colors.
*Good writing.
*Fascinating story.
*Good acting. It's very interesting to see how most people act robotically in this world. The main character acts robotically at first too, but transforms magnificently. Lucy Lui makes for a good, tough, enigmatic character. All these characters are fascinating.
*Good slick music.

The Bad Things
*Not really an action movie; no major fights, chases, or anything (except maybe for a few brief scenes at the end). Like "Gattaca," it's purely a sci-fi drama. Some may find this dull.

This film is surprisingly slick and intelligent; easily comparable to other great sci-fi titles like "Gattaca," "Dark City," or even "The Matrix." For that matter, it may also be comparable to most intelligent sci-fi books, like William Gibson's "Neuromancer." It may not have any major action scenes, but it manages to be thrilling and interesting through its style, writing, acting, and production design. Altogether, it's something sophisticated and intelligent that will leave you thinking.

The DVD has excellent video and sound quality. It is in widescreen, but has no special features other than trailers.

If this reivew has not been helpful, please comment so I can improve on future reviews.
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JimReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
It was different, imagitve & I really liked it
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This movie is very different from a lot of "non-normal" movies. A lot of movies of non familiar plots just seem to muddle through aimlessly. This movie does not do that. It moves on a path that keeps you guessing. I did not know what was going to happen until the end. This movie had enough different things/concepts happening that you could probably watch it once a year & enjoy it again.
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DavePReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Probably a 2. 5. The problem was the ...
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Probably a 2.5. The problem was the main character. He's thoroughly uninteresting, and there is no reason to care about him. He could have been written as a dupe while still being likeable. There's nothing objectionable to cause you to douse it, so you can make it to the end, which is ingenious but too little too late to salvage the movie.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very different
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This is a strange movie and I spent most of it trying to figure out what is going on. I especially like Lucy Liu's character. It definitely keeps you guessing. I have watched it more than once and each time I realize something new about the plot.
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