Charlie Sheen is one of those actors who isn't, and will never be, the greatest actor in the world. He does an adequate job in most of the movies he's been, and in Shadow Conspiracy, he does a pretty predictable job. Still, getting what you expected out of an actor, instead of expecting more, is okay, and that's probably why he was enjoyable in this movie. He plays a pretty similar character to his in The Arrival, an innocent and well-respected person caught up in a big conspiracy. However, the conspiracy in Shadow Conspiracy is non-comparable to that of The Arrival.
Throughout most of the movie, it's fairly enjoyable. There are a lot of action sequences that, while not being anything special, does provide a little suspense and stuff like that. Whatever the conspiracy is pulls you into the movie, and the discovery of new clues about the conspiracy is pretty realistic. Unfortunately, there really isn't any gathering of these clues at the end, and the motive behind the conspiracy is rather predictable. The story turns out to be based on nothing more than an assassination, and some of the White House officials are involved. The assassin that stalks Sheen throughout the movie doesn't have any substantial character; he just is there to kill Sheen and the "big target." Sutherland does a good job, but his character is one of those "so obvious that it wasn't obvious" people, which has been seen in several films. Linda Hamilton is just a long for the ride, and her involvement in the story didn't seem to have any effect on the turnout.
The ending was the real downer. There was no drama or suspense, even though there was supposed to be, and the assassination attempt was about the silliest I had ever seen. Who knows what the writers were thinking, but they definitely could have done a better job...
If the ending had been better, and the conspiracy had been a little more complex, Shadow Conspiracy could have pulled off four stars. But, instead, it managed three, because even without the greatest plot or ending, it still managed to have a high enjoyability factor.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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