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Phone Booth (2003)

(R) 80 mins

Synopsis: Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist’s sniper rifle.

Director: Joel Schumacher

Writer: Larry Cohen

Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker

Serious Jest: (Free View) Unique concept…well-written dialogue…cool camera work…and I love Sutherland as the sniper! Farrell was adequate as Stu, but his Bronx accent wasn’t very accurate. Also, there was one “C’mon, man!” scene, in which the police act unrealistically; but otherwise, this movie will keep you in suspense all the way through. 3 very full mugs!

CraigMakk: (Don’t Bother) Have you ever seen a movie where you walked out thinking about how cool it was, and how much you wanted to recommended it? Now have you ever seen a movie like that, but upon greater thought you realized it really sold you on a concept that was never actually realized and mostly relied upon a gimmick? Then you probably saw Phone Booth: The (insert actual title here), and you probably don’t need to see this one. SPOILER ALERT: the gimmick here is that it all takes place real time and from a relatively fixed camera. Okay, now you DEFINITELY don’t need to see this movie. The story is pretty stupid, it’s most likely one of Colin Farrell’s worst roles, and did I mention the story is almost nonexistent? I told myself this movie was innovative and ground-breaking in it’s willingness to take chances. I also tell myself alcohol isn’t slowly killing my liver and that women are sexually attracted to my subpar skills at “first-person shooter”-style video games. Hopefully you see what kind of credibility I hold.

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