Conspiracy (2008)

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Conspiracy: Directed by Adam Marcus. With Val Kilmer, Gary Cole, Jennifer Esposito, Jay Jablonski. A wounded United States Marine discovers a corporate conspiracy designed to run illegal aliens out of an Arizona border town by any means necessary.

“This was pretty abysmal, and all things considered, I probably should have known better when it said written and directed by Adam Marcus. Except that I had no idea who Adam Marcus was. Given his track record, justifiably so. The depressing part isnu0026#39;t so much the plot (which was written by your little brother in crayons), as much as it was watching Val Kilmer sink to new lows in his otherwise mostly storied career. When I tried to rationalize why Val Kilmer would stoop to the level of this ostensibly lost A-Team episode script directed by appointed directors like Marcus, all I could come up with would be his contempt for the real world equivalent to the radical right-wing Minutemen-like goons littering this pseudo-entertaining steaming pile of straight-to-vid. As it turns out, I was at least partially right, Kilmer did this movie for personal/political reasons (according to the related trivia).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI would write a summary, except Iu0026#39;m loath to spending more than the 90 minutes I already wasted watching it. Youu0026#39;ve seen it before, except this time it isnu0026#39;t Steven Seagal fighting for the rights of Native Americans, or Billy Jack fighting for the hippie commune, itu0026#39;s Val Kilmer fighting against a shoestring budget, and implied Halliburton employees as laughably stereotypical rednecks for the sake of immigrant rights and liberal ideology. A great cause, but ill-conceived and poorly executed here.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBut donu0026#39;t take my word for it, no really. I want someone else to have to endure what I did.”

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