After a promising start with
Mel Gibson as a cab driver hyperventilating with conspiracy babble, Conspiracy Theory bogs
down in a mire of mediocre and unconvincing screenwriting. It turns out Gibson, as hapless Jerry
Fletcher, is a refugee from a quasi-government project, a la Manchurian Candidate,
that creates ice cold killers. He becomes emotionally involved with Justice Department attorney
Alice Sutton, played in less than energetic style by Julia Roberts.
Gibson is wildly manic as a
man caught in a whirlpool of confusion, but what happen to the literate screenwriter that distilled
L.A. Confidential so magnificently. Of course, we don't know what draft of the screenplay
we are watching and whether or not it went downhill from the needs of big star, big studio demands.
Richard Donner helms with competence and produced a slick flick that can't pass muster to a mental
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