#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Stu Shepard is a fast talking and wise cracking New York City publicist who gets out of trouble and lies with his clever charm, connections, and charisma. Stu’s greatest lie is to his wife Kelly, who he is cheating on with his girlfriend, Pam. Upon answering a call in a phone booth in belief it is Pam, Stu is on the line with a dangerous yet intelligent psychopath with a sniper rifle. When realizing it is not a joke, Stu is placed in a powerful mind game of wits and corruption. The New York City Police eventually arrive thereafter and demand Stu comes out of the phone booth- but how can he when if he hangs up or leaves the booth he will die?
Plot: A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he’ll be killed… and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn’t kidding.
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Small scale and slightly flawed but gripping and very enjoyable thriller
Stu Shepherd is in public relations and uses lies and deceit everyday in his job to get things moving. When calling a client from a phone booth in the hope of getting her to a hotel. When he hangs up the phone rings and he answers to what he assumes is a prank call. However the caller reveals more and more about Stu exposing his lies. When Stu tries to leave the caller reveals that he has Stu pinned down with a sniper rifle and the death of a man by the booth proves it. The police arrive and surround Stu while the caller continues his game.
Everyone knows that it had a small budget, a shooting window of just over a week and that it was made years ago and shelved as Farrell’s star power increased and real life terrorist attacks and snipers came and went in the media and the mind of the American public. So I’ll not dwell on that and instead talk of the film! The pitch was enough to get me interested `man is held in phone box by sniper’ sounds great! I really wanted to see this film but was put off by the trailer, but not of the films I saw wrong in the trailer were to the detriment of the film as over 80-odd minutes it really runs like a race horse.
Starting with humour and a free-flowing pace it turns sinister early on but keeps the pace. In terms of plot it has many good twists and turns that will keep you interested and on the edge of your seat. The only issue for me was accepting why the sniper was doing it and how he was able to get access to the equipment he would have needed as well as the information not to mention the WILL to do it! Also little things bugged me, but the film carries itself over these obstacles well enough and reservations are soon forgotten. It sounds simple but the simple ideas work best and, although low on action (sorry, teen boys!) it is driven by dialogue and simply not knowing what will come next.
The direction helps the film by constantly moving and using split screens etc to give the impression that a lot is going on at once again making the film feel like it has a fast pace. It feels a little gimmicky (especially now that we’ve had 2 series of 24 doing the same thing) but it works regardless. I wrote in an old review (8mm I think) that I would never pay to see a Joel Schumacher film ever again, and I DIDN’T pay to see Phone Booth! However I was surprised because he didn’t ruin it! He did a good job yes, you heard me! His usual excesses seem to have been controlled by a good producer and editing team and the film works much to my surprise and relief!
Farrell may not be a bona-fide Hollywood star yet but he takes the task of being onscreen for almost the whole film and runs with it. He makes a comically cruel character someone that reveals himself to be a loser but never loses the audience and that takes talent. Sutherland’s voice on the trailer didn’t work for me (too normal and slow) but in the film he is excellent, like the director said, no-one else could have done the role, he is right for it. Whitaker makes up the third lead and he holds his corner well.
It may not be without the odd flaw but this film manages to be simple, gripping and very effective. Well worth a look.
One Way To Get Your Message Across!
I only looked at this because a friend loaned it to me so, at zero cost, what could I lose? Well, it was a lot better than I anticipated. Oddly, even though it’s only 80 minutes long, I think this could have been better with about 10 minutes chopped off. It starts to repeat itself too much near the end. You have to remember, almost the whole film takes place within a phone booth!
Colin Farrell does a super job playing a sleazy guy held captive in the phone booth by a threatening sniper-caller. The story, although simple, holds your attention because there is great suspense, innovative camera-work, an involving story that hooks you in pretty fast and some great sound. I hope you have a surround sound system because the caller’s (Keifer Sutherland) voice on the other end of the line is something to hear!
There is a big moral message in this film, too, about doing the right thing and paying for your sins, which Farrell sure did. It was really refreshing to hear that message, effectively told. Maybe some of us need a sniper to get the message across, but I hope not!
Are there holes in this story? Sure, but it’s still good and has a cool ending. The only warning I would give readers here is the language: this is a very profane film with Farrell going overboard on the f-word. If that offends you, then stay out of this phone booth; otherwise, it’s pretty entertaining
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 21 min (81 min)
Genre Crime, Thriller
Director Joel Schumacher
Writer Larry Cohen
Actors Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell
Awards 1 win & 8 nominations.
Production Company Fox 2000 Pictures, Zucker Brothers Productions, MDP Worldwide
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 435, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (also prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 50D 5245, Kodak Vision 250D 5246, Ektachrome 100D 5285, Fuji Super F-500T 8572)
Cinematographic Process Super 35 (common-top)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383)