The Shadow Conspiracy is a truly pathetic thriller. Charlie Sheen stars as White
House aide Bobby Bishop. When a nutty conspiracy group stumbles upon a "shadow
government", they are systematically eliminated by a mysterious gunman (Stephen
Lang)...but not before their leader mumbles a few incomprehensible words to
Bobby. Now the assassin is on his trail, and Bobby is forced to team up with
his ex-girlfriend reporter (Linda Hamilton) to decipher the conspiracy. The
problem is, no one really knows what the heck the conspiracy is...including
the screenwriters. There are all the trappings of conspiratorial goings on
(i.e. secret meetings, sly looks between government officials, top secret
government agencies, brooding men with secret earphones, etc.) but no substance behind them. None of the conspiracy
trappings mesh at all in the film, which apparently they realized at the end.
All of a sudden, a secret plot pops up out of nowhere that doesn't really follow
the rest of the film, but it must have given the writers a sense of closure.
Director George P. Cosmatos manages to overbroadcast every move, and truly
brings out the worst in his characters. Donald Sutherland breezes through
his role as chief-of-staff with a slightly embarrassed air, and Charlie Sheen
definately isn't doing his acting career any favors by wading through this sludge.
Don't even bother watching The Shadow Conspiracy for the action...when the
action scenes aren't laughibly bad, they are mindless rehashes of far better
films. You're better off doing anything else than sitting through this
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