Director: Aram Rappaport
Tech-thrillers, IT, financial collapse…well, there’s been a few okay-movies made around financial collapse and white-collar treason, but the cyber-world tends to fare less well – and so it is with Conspiracy (known in America as The Crash). It wants to be a smart comment on a near-future world, but gets bogged down in the desperation of being intriguing. By the end you’re staring at the screen filled with loads of computer screens, and it’s like nothing has progressed since Sandra Bullock stared in a film actually called The Net back in…lemme Google that…using the ‘Net’…1995!
As computer screens threaten ominous countdowns the cast wander through this, dazed, and/or confused, hoping at some point that a printer is still connected so they can perhaps brush up on the script.
Conspiracy is harmless – and in the aims of a low-key Friday night watch you can of course do worse. But that’s really struggling to paint a bow on a turd an present it as a gift now isn’t it? There’s no real need to see this film, its ‘twist’ is obvious, its pacing is whack (the longest 84 minutes I’ve spent watching a paint-by-numbers film play out in quite some time) and the performances merely – and at best – perfunctory.
It feels like a film that’s been frozen in time since 1995. Now I’m off to read up about The Net, I remember watching it at the time, bad guys chasing down Sandra while she hovered over the box-screened computer desperately hoping the files would copy to the floppy disc in time. Run Sandra run…