Review Date: June 01, 1999
Director: Josef Rusnak
Writer: Josef Rusnak, Ravel Centeno-Rodriguez
Producers: Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, Marco Weber
Craig Bierko as Douglas Hall
Gretchen Mol as Jane Fuller
Vincent D'Onofrio as Whitney/Ashton
Unfortunately for its creators, the film does seem to lose ground during its second half, when everyone and their grandma seems to be moving from one parallel universe to the other (One dude walked out of our screening mumbling something about "not knowing what was real anymore"). The only scene that confused me was the final one which did not seem to make sense to me according to the explanations that had preceded it before, but alas, I might've missed something. The actors were all pretty good with Mol and D'Onofrio pulling off fine dual roles, and newcomer Craig Bierko (new to me!) punching in his best poor man's George Clooney imitation (Nice 'burns, tough guy!). All in all, the movie had enough mood and mystery to spark my initial interest, enough plot to keep it going in the midsection, but ultimately too similar in story to many of the better films specified earlier to register in my mind as anything more than a virtual-noir sci-fi leftover plate. By the way, if it's action or special effects you're looking for, this film is not for you! It contains neither of the two, but does play many a mindgame with your head, if that's your vibe.