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Phone Booth
Reviewed by: Max - SimplyScripts Reviewer

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Director: Joel Schumacher
Writer: Larry Cohen
Starring: Colin Farrell as Stu
Forest Whitaker as Captain Ramsey
Kiefer Sutherland as The Caller

Grade: A-

We're introduced to Stu (Farrell), a publicist, as he glides down the Manhattan streets lying into his cell phone. He calls his mistress, (Katie Holmes) from the phone booth. The reason he uses the phone booth instead of his cellular phone is because his wife, (Rahda Mitchell) checks the monthly phone bill and if she finds her name on the bill she wouldn't be too happy. This is where the sniper comes in. The phone rings and Stu picks it up. The Sniper (Sutherland) says if he hangs up, he will shoot him dead. The Sniper begins to ask for Stu to confess all his sins.

"Phone Booth" is an entertaining thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, even though the whole things takes place in a phone booth. I've been waiting for this film for probably two years. Ever since when Jim Carrey was supposed to star. It was set to release back in November but since the Beltway Sniper Shootings were going on they postponed it. So I waited some more. And finally I have set my eyes on it and it is even better than I thought it would be.

This is not your average movie. Screw the three acts. This is just an 80-minute thrill ride that never lets up. It has great three-dimensional characters that I really cared for and the struggle and the confessions Stu makes are great as he tries to keep the sniper from pulling the trigger. Colin Farrell gives another great performance and so does Kiefer Sutherland. He was perfect for this role. He holds the whole movie together. And Forest Whitaker gives us a great performance as the cop trying figure out what exactly is going on. Larry Cohen makes up a great and unboring script. And finally I think Joel Schumacher deserves a round of applause for his directing. He's made several bad films like the two final "Batman" series films. Although I did like his film "8mm." Looks like he really found what he needed.

copyright (c) 2003, Max Colston, Used with Permission

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