March 10, 2004

Phone Booth

Pay phones ring sometimes.

Have you ever walked by a pay phone that was ringing? Did you answer it? Probably not. I never answer a ringing pay phone. But, Stu (Colin Farrell), who is in the last real phone booth (you know, the old kind, a glass rectangular box with the double hinged door, the kind Superman changes in) in New York City, does answer the phone in this film, and man, does he regret it.

This is, shall we say, a really intense flick. The tension is think and it never lets up once Stu answers that phone. You see, on the other end of the line is a guy with a rifle, a high tech high powered rifle, and he's looking at Stu. And the sniper tells Stu that if he hangs up, he will shoot him.

Well, Stu has a hell of time staying on the line, but he does.

What really makes this film, texture-wise, is the voice of Keifer Sutherland. He's the sniper. And he does a great job of keeping Stu very afraid for his life.

What makes the film, story-wise, is the way the sniper forces Stu to confront himself -- his own dishonesty, with himself and with those around him. If I describe this further it would definitely be a spoiler.

You will be glad that this film is only about 75 minutes long not counting the credits, because you wouldn't be able to stand it much longer. It's crazy because the cops who wind up surrounding the phone booth think that Stu is the gunman. They think Stu's cell phone is a gun.

This is one of the simplest stories you will ever see in a feature length film, yet it's very powerful. And it all happens on 8th St. in New York City. No other locations were used for more than a few seconds.

Colin Farrell impresses more every time I see him.

Posted by Wayne at March 10, 2004 01:18 AM
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