If this film doesn't provoke you into thinking about "big brother" nothing will... Gripping, fast paced, realistic (especially in the world we know today), superb acting.... This film is all about being under government surveillance and it's too relevant to ignore. Will Smith and Gene Hackman are the stars, but the supporting cast list is top notch- Gabriel Byrne, Ian Hart, Barry Pepper, Jake Busey, Jack Black, Jaime Kennedy, Jason Lee, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore and Jason Robards. Who's watching
Robert Clayton Dean is a successful labor lawyer based in Washington DC. He has a beautiful wife and adorable son with a nice house located in Georgetown. But things take a turn for the surreal, when a chance encounter with an old friend leaves him evidence of a politically-motivated murder. On the run from a treacherous NSA official and his men, he comes into contact with a former government operative and surveillance expert, who is his only way out.
A thought provoking movie that I found to be very gripping. And quite a cast. Who would've thought that all the bit parts were going to be played by a very competent future cast. Worth the time to watch and is very entertaining.
Not one of the very 90's best thrillers, but a moderately fun time, and somewhat politically prescient in a few interesting ways. Mostly generic villains and couple comic relief cringe moments, but an enjoyable techno-thriller vibe and Will Smith is a likable everyman type. A few pretty cool chase scenes. There's one scene where two kids play a PS1 game with SNES controllers, lol.
Will Smith as a lawyer!? Muhahahah, yeah right.Jack Black working with the NSA, even funnier.Dear god miscasts allround.Thankfully ever so reliable Hackman puts in a good performance with Jon Voight amply backing up again as a corrupt white collar official.Some interesting scenes which remind you that you should never scratch your balls in public as you never know when or where big brother is watching.
While there is no doubt that in some ways the picture of surveillance technology outlined here is indeed exaggerated, this should not really be understood as meaning that the surveillance powers of the American government are not as great as depicted here so much as that they are of a different character.