It’s 2079, and Spencer Olham (Gary Sinise) has a perfect life: a loving family and a beautiful wife (Madeleine Stowe). On Tuesday evening, he goes to bed an acclaimed and well-respected scientist. But on Wednesday morning, he awakens as public enemy No. 1. Now, Spencer must do everything in his power to prove his identity and his innocence in a future where nothing is what it seems and paranoia reigns.
Strange that an American thriller set against a backdrop of paranoia and reduced civil liberties due to the threat of attack from an implacable enemy 'other' came out in 2001 without much notice. Maybe because it's Science Fiction? Some interesting touches here, but the twists that probably felt ironic then come off as a weird vindication for torture and surveillance now. Big Brother tries to save us from ourselves
The sort of twist at the end of this movie is one of the reasons PKD and his work remain so great--despite the mistrust in the powers that be, there is always a willingness to acknowledge that in certain circumstances those who we do not trust _are actually right_. Compare, for example, Dick's Minority Report to Spielberg's: at the end of Dick's, if I recall correctly, we are left to question whether the program is right or not, while at the end of Spielberg's, we are supposed to cheer that the program has been abandoned. The ending of this movie, I believe, offers the same sort of question as is present in Dick's work, expressing the same uncertainty.