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Cypher (Company man)

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

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Morgan Sullivan (Jeremy Northam) is an out of work accountant who is stuck in an unhappy life in the suburbs, a miserable marriage and dreams of one day sailing away to a life of freedom and excitement. Seeling an escape from his lacklustre existence, and his overbearing wife, he decides to join the multinational corporation Digicorp to become a company spy. While carrying out his assignments Morgan meets an elusive and beautiful woman, Rita (Lucy Liu), who reveals to him that his activities have been a ruse to brainwash him and others like him.

With some hesitation, Morgan accepts her offer of anti-brainwashing drugs and is ultimately forced to work for a seemingly friendly agent from a rival company, Sunways. As a double agent, Morgan's survival lies deep in his mind and actions, but he's having difficulties distinguishing reality from the visions that plague him. Morgan's world has become a quagmire where the lines are blurred, where charades and dreams become truths.

Persons of interest

  • Jeremy Northam .... Morgan Sullivan
  • Lucy Liu .... Rita
  • David Hewlett .... Vergil Dunn
  • Brian King .... Screenwriter
  • Vincenzo Natali .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Cypher official movie site
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film 2003: Golden Raven (Vincenzo Natali)
    • Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain 2002: Best Actor (Jeremy Northam); Nomination: Best Film (Vincenzo Natali)
    • Fantasporto 2003: Best Actor (Jeremy Northam), Best Special Effects (Bret Culp, Bob Munroe), Special Jury Award (Vincenzo Natali); Nomination: Best Film (Vincenzo Natali)
  • Not to be confused with Company man
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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Cypher is a cross between Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever, Gattaca and Unbreakable. Some vague science fiction technobabble, some running around shooting at people, some mysterious stuff that twists your brain a bit and lots of styling. Jeremy Northam is a good patsy while Lucy Liu continues her fully-menstruating action-girl routine from Charlie's angels and Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever. Cypher is a fun and interesting film that you'll enjoy seeing once, maybe more depending on your proclivities.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

95 minutes (1:35 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 14 August 2003

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