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A moody, low-key and stylish spy thriller
I recently watched this stylish film for the first time and enjoyed it very much. Its a quiet, nuanced, atmospheric, futuristic spy thriller that you should try to watch only after the kids are in bed, and the house is quiet. Distractions will cause you to miss key plot points, little interesting details, and little subtleties in Northam's performance. The romantic and sexy interplay between Northam and Liu, the moody ambiance, and the effective dream-like soundtrack are all awesome.
The film reminded me a lot of Dark City. Cypher's cinematography is dark with muted and washed out colors (many scenes are almost black and white). Its very film noir-like. And I really liked that the hero's ultimate goal was not to get rich and powerful, or to rule the world. Instead, it was something unexpected, personal, and much more worthy. The ending is perfect and haunting.
Cypher is not one of those over-produced movies that cost $100+ million and therefore has to dumb down with contrived plots, explosions, gun fights, and car chases so that it will appeal to everyone on the planet and make a profit. Instead, Cypher is a stylish and thoughtful low budget film that allowed its director to follow his vision, and not worry about having to sell 100 million tickets.
Yeah, I liked it so much I watched it again the following night.