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A phone call can change your life, but for one man it can also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, the story follows a slick media consultant who is trapped after being told by a caller, a serial killer with a sniper rifle, that he'll be shot dead if he hangs up.
Drama Thriller - This is a hard one to describe. It's intense and suspenseful at
times, especially at first. Unfortunately, most of the movie is of a
guy on the phone talking to a sniper which some may feel doesn't
hold up too well over the full length of the movie. NOTE: This movie contains VERY frequent use of VERY strong
profanity and VERY graphic talk by hookers.
PROFANITY: 99 F-words, 13 S-words, 12 A-words, 6 GD's. A few others. SEX/NUDITY: No sex or nudity. Some hookers talk nasty. VIOLENCE: Lots of violent threats and some cold blooded killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: None COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny comments.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull
Review Good "On one level, it's amazing that a movie about a man being
trapped inside a phone booth could be successful, ... - the script takes a
seemingly dead-end premise and keeps throwing in new twists. One key to enjoying
this movie is not to engage in "out of the box" thinking (or,
arguably, any thinking at all) - it's better to uncover the problems and
inconsistencies after the movie is over, not while it's unspooling. For those
willing to accept this approach, Phone Booth will hold together
surprisingly well while maintaining a high adrenaline level.''
Review Good "Phone Booth is a religious fable, a show biz fable, or
both. It involves a fast-talking, two-timing broadway press agent who is using
the last phone booth in Manhattan (at 53rd and 8th) when he's pinned down by a
sniper. The shooter seems to represent either God, demanding a confession of
sins, or the filmmakers, having their revenge on publicists.''
Review Above Average "Schumacher and writer Larry Cohen work hard to pump
up the action, giving Whitaker both a broken marriage and a professional
adversary on the force. OK, fine, but Farrell is either going to be killed or
he's not. Despite its brief 80-minute running time, the unreeling feels padded
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "Postponed from its original 2002 release date because a
real-life sniper spree in the Washington D.C.-area leached the larky fun right
out of its premise, this small-scale thriller has the lean, slightly ragged feel
of a '70s exploitation movie. The payoff doesn't quite equal the intensity of
the spectacularly squirm-inducing premise, but Farrell takes his showboating
star turn and runs with it.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
I believe I predicted this one correctly. The majority of opinions indicate this to be just an OK movie. When you see this many opinions of "Good" and lower, its certainly not good and it's not a movie I would recommend that you spend your hard earned money on.
There were a decent number of higher opinions, so some of you may enjoy it, but the probability is just too low. I would say you're much better off seeing a movie that received some very high opinions and saving this movie for a video rental.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected) This movie starts out intense, suspenseful and interesting. Too bad it isn't able to sustain these things for the full length of the movie. There just isn't enough happening. Basically all you get is a guy talking frantically on the phone, which I don't feel will maintain the interest of most moviegoers. I'm not saying this is a terrible movie at all. It's actually pretty good at first. However, it quickly turns into just an OK movie, so why see an OK movie when there are much better movies available to see. I do think it will make a great rental in a few months.
A phone call can change your life, but
for one man it can also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a
New York City phone booth, PHONE BOOTH follows Stu Sheperd (Colin Farrell), a
low-rent media consultant who is trapped after being told by a caller – a
serial killer with a sniper rifle – that he'll be shot dead if he hangs up.
What do you do when you hear a ringing
public phone? You know it's a wrong number, but instinct forces you to pick it
up. A ringing phone demands to be answered, but when Stu Shepard takes the call,
he finds himself hurtled into a tortuous game. Hang up, says the caller (Kiefer
Sutherland), and Stu's a dead man.
A sudden and shocking act of violence
near the booth draws the attention of the police, who arrive backed with a small
army of sharpshooters. They believe that Stu, not the unseen caller of whom they
remain unaware, is the dangerous man with a gun.
The senior officer on the scene,
Captain Ramey (Forest Whitaker), tries to talk Stu out of the booth. But
unbeknownst to Ramey, his team, the media circus that has flocked to the site
– and Stu's wife, Kelly, and his client /prospective girlfriend, Pamela –
the caller has them all in his high-powered rifle sights.
As afternoon turns into evening, Stu,
the embodiment of an unethical, self-serving existence, must now undertake a
sudden and unexpected moral evolution. He is emotionally stripped naked by the
caller. Stu's lies, half-truths, and obfuscation no longer matter. Instead, he
must dig deep into his soul, find his strength and attempt to outwit the caller,
taking the game to an even more dangerous level.