Cypher Release Date: 18 January 2003 (Japan) Genre: Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller Director(s): Vincenzo Natali (Cube) Writer(s): Brian King (The Day The World Ended) Starring: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu Nigel Bennett Fans of Vincenzo Natali’s Cube have been on the receiving end of two direct-to-video sequels in the eight years since its release, but […]

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Cypher
Release Date: 18 January 2003 (Japan)
Genre: Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director(s): Vincenzo Natali (Cube)
Writer(s): Brian King (The Day The World Ended)
Starring: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu Nigel Bennett

Fans of Vincenzo Natali’s Cube have been on the receiving end of two direct-to-video sequels in the eight years since its release, but nothing from Natali himself. This unfortunate occurrence has now been rectified. October will see the release of his potential-filled Nothing by MTI, and Cypher is in stores now.

Cypher allows Natali to give his take on the espionage techno thriller, and while it stumbles through a fair share of scenes where twists are twisted and then twisted again, it still delivers something that should be seen.

Set sometime in the future, Cypher begins with a mild-manner accountant (Northam) getting a crack at being a spy for the organization Digicorp. The job, which he obviously has to keep secret from everyone, gives him a new identity. Now Jack Thursby, he is sent all over the United States in order to record mind numbingly boring business conferences on topics such as the cheese market. After meeting the elusive and unpredictable Rita (Liu), he eventually learns that Digicorp is nothing like they make themselves out to be. This leads Thursby down a road to becoming a double agent, where he has to deal with relationships that are constantly being unearthed as fraudulent.

Directed beautifully by Natali with some outstanding visuals, the only real complaint I can lob towards Cypher is that is strives to be complicated. Twists occur in such small intervals that it doesn’t take long to grow tired of them. This hurt it a lot in my eyes. It’s still incredibly interesting to watch things unfold, and the ambiguous revelation that ends the movie is fantastic.

Definitely recommended.

DVD: Barebones.

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