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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Director:
Richard Donner

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Sammensvergelsen

RUNNING TIME
135 minutes

Producers:
Richard Donner
Joel Silver
Screenwriter:
Brian Helgeland


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jerry Fletcher Mel Gibson
Alice Sutton Julia Roberts
Dr. Jonas Patrick Stewart
Agent Lowry Cylk Cozart
Wilson Stephen Kahan -
Flip Terence Alexander -
Cynic Alex McArthur -

 

Review

Richard Donner and Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon, Maverick) reunited again for what starts as an interesting delve into the world of a conspiracy theorist and doomsday prepper, played by an energetic Gibson. He flaunts his wild eyes to excess and gives a performance that is a combo of boyishly charming and jabberingly annoying. The first half of the film ventures into dark corners and offers some interesting alternative points of view which you will feel a bit cheated out of once the Hollywood machine kicks into full gear about midway through. The action intensifies in a series of twists and developments designed to be clever, but which come off as hackneyed, and the film starts dragging. We're left with a very unconvincing denouement, a stale and unbelievable romance between Gibson and an out of place Julia Roberts, and not least what must be one of Patrick Stewart's worst and most wafer thin characters.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 02.12.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 24.11.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang