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Director Vincenzo Natali, famous for being the man behind the cult classic Cube, helms this spy thriller from the debut screenplay by writer Brian King. Jeremy Northam stars as Morgan Sullivan, a man who suddenly finds himself deeply embroiled in the fast-paced and dangerous world of corporate espionage. But it isn't until Sullivan meets a mysterious woman named Rita (Lucy Liu) that he begins to realize exactly what he's gotten himself into. Also starring David Hewlitt and Kari Matchett, Cypher was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Fantasy at the 2003 Fantasporo Film Festival.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Brian King's screenplay make this a fast paced science fiction adventure very much of the style of Philip K. Dick."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"High style and noirish overtones about mind control and brainwashing in corporate America. Nothing new there, so nothing new here."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
" declines into high-tech gizmos, whizbang hardware, and hairbreadth escapes, leaving the brain behind for the sake of sheer, overinflated thrills."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Natali can't be bothered to fashion an actual human story around the perpetually buzzing toys and non-stop backstabbing and double-crossing."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Kind of like a whole season of Alias boiled down to a 100-minute film."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Wildly ill-conceived on-screen with a droning, derivative, mind-numbing, and incredibly bad film."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"An under-the-radar sci-fi action thriller..."
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"It might be just another "DTV dump" title for Miramax, but I'd call Cypher (easily) one of the best direct-to-video titles I've seen all year."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"combines industrial espionage with alternative reality in a satisfyingly mind-bending plot reminiscent of Philip K. Dick at his best."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"Northam is perfectly cast - with every swill of scotch he transforms from shy and retiring to the debonair sophisticate he has always wanted to be."
‑ Annette Dasey, Teletext
"A bit too clever and precious for it's own good, it's a fairly decent yet predictable near-future thriller."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Just like the spies' mission as they hunt for secrets and significance inside massive corporate databanks, [Cypher's] point is unclear."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"I liked it during the scenes when something "cool" was being revealed on screen, but the moment that "cool" ended, my interest waned."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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