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      01.06.2012 18:31
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      Good film

      I had wanted to see this film for ages so when I saw it was playing on Sky Movies I immediately set it onto record. I finally got round to watching it yesterday and this is what I thought. This is a film only review.

      ==Plot==
      Stu Sheppard is a publicist. He is relatively successful and boy, has he let it go to his head. We first see him marching through the streets of New York on his way to work. He is bellowing into his mobile phone and his assistant runs along behind him making phone calls for his boss.

      Stu often uses the phonebooth outside of his work. Of course he has a top of the range phone but if he doesn't want his wife to find out he's bedhopping then its safest to use the payphone. When he's in there, the phone rings. Stu answers it, quite annoyed that someone has called a public phonebox. His annoyance turns to fear and panic when he realises what the caller is saying. He tells Stu not to hang up and seems to have a lot of information about him. Initially Stu keeps telling the caller to go away and leave him alone however he cant hang up the phone because he is scared of what is going on.

      ==Opinion==
      I had an idea of what this film was about so I knew what to expect. I had also wanted to see it for many years so I did have quite high expectations.

      As soon as we are introduced to the character of Stu it is instantly recognisable that hes rather arrogant, this makes you not really be too keen on him. Even more so when we discover hes only been married a year but hes already cheating.

      The plot was good and initially it had me hooked. I thought the entire film was interesting but found that because the whole thing was set in a small space a lot of things seemed quite repetitive. I did enjoy seeing Stu's reaction to the caller however I do feel that it would have been nice to have a few more scenes away from the phonebooth.

      The acting was good and I thought that Keifer Sutherland did an excellent job considering he was always on the end of the phone.

      I did enjoy this film and would watch it again if it was showing on TV however I doubt I would buy the DVD.

      ==Additional Information==
      The film was released in 2003.
      It stars Keifer Sutherland and Colin Firth.
      It runs for 81 minutes.

      ==Summary==
      Worth a watch.

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        14.03.2011 21:37
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        Fantastic, 5 star movie. What are you waiting for buy it now!

        This snappy thriller is about a publicist and all round smarmy guy who gets a rude awakening one afternoon when a phone in a nearby phone booth rings and he decides to answer it(you'd do the same, right?). The man on the phone though seems to know a lot about the main protagonist, Stu Shepard and it just so happens that he has a sniper scope aimed right at the booth. From there on in we are treated to a tense exchange between the two men, that brings police and all sorts of outside influences into play and produces an action packed finale.

        This is the type of movie that, in theory, sounds like it could be a gimmick. It's set all in the same place throughout the movie and we barely see outside of said phone booth. I wasn't expecting anything when watching it for the first time yet at the end realised I'd watched a really good movie. What keeps it going is the superb direction and outstanding acting performances. For instance, the film is basically carried all the way through by Colin Farrell's character Stu, his slow change of bravado to terror, and also by the performance of Kiefer Sutherland, albeit just his voice as the sniper who seemingly has every angle covered, but what a voice he has, full of menace and change of tone that keeps the viewer interested. It's a fantastic concept expertly executed and comes in at a very short run time of just 81 minutes, but that is perfect for what we're watching. There are some great supporting turns from the likes of Katie Holmes and the evergreen Forrest Whitaker but it's all about Farrell and he is awesome. It is now one of my favourite films and it's always a good one to watch when you have a moment spare due to it's runtime.

        Extras :-

        Commentary by Joel Schumacher - It's a good commentary in the fact that it provides great depth on Farrell as an actor and on the general, haphazard pace that made production so difficult yet that's the tone he wanted to portray. It's a decent commentary but compared to other directors Schumacher could be a bit more engaging with the viewer.

        Theatrical Trailer - There is also a trailer for upcoming movie at that time Garage Days.

        That's about all there is with regards to extras so it's pretty poor in that respect but in my opinion the movie alone is that good that it could have zero extras and I'd still give it the full 5 stars. A must-see movie that is probably available for as little as 2 or 3 pounds depending on where you look. Go buy it and watch now!!

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        21.12.2010 21:23
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        A film to enjoy again and again

        Well I couldn't review Cellular without reviewing my other favourite phone related film - Phone Booth. This film is about you guest it a Phone Booth!

        This film was released in 2003 and is classified as 15 I own it on Video so I have had it a long long time lol. Phone Booth is classed as a psychological thriller and stars Colin Farrell as Stu Shepherd a man who is being held hostage in a Phone Booth for his cheating ways. Stu is married to Kelly (Radha Mitchell) however he visits the Phone Booth in question to call and flirt with Pamela (Katie Holmes). The person who is holding him hostage knows about Stus actions and sets about teaching him a lesson. There is a snipper on Stu and he is told if he leaves the Phone Booth he will be killed. The film is 81 minutes long which is just the right amount of time for what the story requires.

        The film sees lots of drama as a variety of people try to coax Stu from the Phone Booth. I thought the film was simple yet brilliant the majority of the film focuses on the Phone Booth and which you would think would be boring but it is anything but. The Phone Booth in question is in Los Angeles (at Fifth Street, between S Broadway and S Spring Street) for those of you who are interested. I had mixed feelings for Stu throughout sometimes feeling sorry for him and at other times thinking he had asked for it. The film has twists which you do not expect and was left open for another film to be made in my opinion though sadly has not been and its been a couple of years now.

        I think the 15 certificate is accuarate there are some things which are shown which are unsuitable for younger viewers as are some of the issues covered.

        I gove Phone Booth 5 stars a film I could watch again and again and have done.

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        21.07.2010 22:04
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        A great popcorn thriller!

        Phone Booth, directed by Joel Schumacher was released in 2002, however the script had apparently been banging around in Hollywood for a number of years which is probably why some elements of the premise could be perceived as a little dated.

        Almost instantly we are introduced to Stu Shepherd (Colin Farrell) a fast-talking flashy publicist who walks fast around New York yelling orders into his mobile or to his overawed and umpaid intern. He takes a break from this to stealthily sneak into the titular Phone Booth, located in a less than salubrious street in the city, remove his wedding ring and call aspiring actress Pamela (Katie Holmes) with flagrant promises of meetings with important people under the guise of luring her to a downtown hotel.

        On putting the phone down, things take a dramatic and tense turn which does not relent for the remainder of the film. The phone randomly starts ringing, Stu picks it up to an anonymous caller who begins by lightly winding him up before making it very obvious that this is no wrong number and is in fact a sniper who knows of Stu's various flaws and indiscretions and is going to teach him a moral lesson which could well end his life.

        Rapidly, the threats turn into violence and the booth and the man within become the focus of intense police and media attention. In particular, Police Captain Ed Ramey is tasked with heading up the response to what is now a siege and who begins to realise that Stu is not a murderer having a 'Breaking Down' type episode but someone who has no choice but to be stuck in that booth if he has any chance of saving himself or someone he loves.

        Essentially this is a taut high-concept psychological thriller with ramped up tension throughout. As the action is largely contained to quite a small space a lot of the twists and turns are reliant on the performances and the dialogue between Stu and the sniper whilst mediating the behaviour of those outside the booth as more and more attention is focussed on them and the instigator becomes more demanding and unpredictable.

        Coming in at just 77 minutes long, and operating pretty much in real time as you would imagine this is not a film which messes around and pretty much drops you right in it at the start. It maintains its tension well throughout the length of the film, letting the plot take all the twist and turns it needs. Of course it has no real depth but as a good popcorn moview you really could not ask for anything more.

        Performance wise only Farrell really gets a chance to shine, so given the amount of dialogue and that all the action is focussed on him, it is only just as well that he gives a really cracking performance here being dramatic without descending into hamminess.

        Of course, the notion of somebody being hemmed into a phone booth was dated even on its release, not least because of the advent of mobile technologies and the growing redundancy of these structures. However, they have tried to explain this away with a heavy handed voiceover in the opening minutes of the film.

        I would not be giving anything away to say that the voice of the sniper comes from Kiefer Sutherland. Not least because he is named as one of the stars on the DVD itself but also, thanks to 24 - he know has one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood. I think that having a well-known and well-publicised voice in this role was a mistake, mainly because as things turn out in the end (which I won't give away), it would have benefitted from leaving a bit of mystery there and may have had a slightly more satisfying conclusion that feels less rushed.

        DVD extras

        Aside from your standard subtitles, audio options etc there is:

        'The Making of Phone Booth documentary' - a 30 minute feature which details how the film was shot on what they call and 'independent film budget and an independent film timescale'. This is a pretty comprehensive documentary which takes on board comments from various members of the technical crew and also quite interestingly shows how some of the key moments were filmed.

        After this very good documentary the commentary by the director almost seems a little redundant, but it is interesting enough I suppose (speaking as someone who is really not a fan of commentaries) and Schumacher obviously has a great deal of enthusiastic for the project.

        Conclusion

        This was never going to be a film to go down as a classic but thanks to some really good pacing and dialogue and a stellar performance by Colin Farrell I think it is virtually impossible not to get sucked into it. The premise is nothing if not intriguing and you certainly get a good if not overly deep evening's entertainment out of this film.

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        02.06.2010 20:49
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        An amazing concept for a film, simple but effective

        This is just a film Review.

        Plot

        A fast talking and wise cracking New York City publicist by the name of Stu Shepard who gets out of trouble and lies with his clever charm, connections. His wife Kelly is the one person he has told the biggest lie to as he is seeing his on the side girlfriend, Pam. He answers the phone in the phone booth he is in assuming it's Pam, Stu is actually on the phone with a dangerous yet intelligent psychopath with a sniper rifle in hand and a few rules to follow. 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.

        This movie sounded like a movie to watch, it has all the makings of a good movie without some big chase scene fight scene or sci-fi effects or over kill on CGI.
        The story sounded like it was strong enough to hold it's own without any celebrities to boost it(even though there were some).
        This is one of few films that is run mostly on dialogue, which means that you can't miss a minute of this movie, as the writing goes on, more and more of the story is revealed and thickens and gets really juicy, but if its action you are looking for then this movie is not it and you may not want to watch it, but if your after a good original plot with some twists and turns this film will hold your interest, but you only get to see one location of new York city but you barely notice it anyway.


        Acting

        Colin Farrell plays the hot shot Publicist Stuart Shepard who on the outside gives the impression life is a bowl of cherries but slowly, bit by bit, his character is being broken down and stripped to its core, until all your left with is a scared and insecure man with nowhere left to run.
        Colin Farrell I think is an actor who hasn't had much prais for his work and he has done a fair few films with an assortment of a fair few different parts but I think this is his shinning moment where at the beginning he plays that arrogant person so well you do hate him, but by the end of the film you want it all to be ok, to have the entire film basically based around Stuart and to hardly ever be out of shot, it's hard to hold onto your character and watch it fall apart to it's bare minimums.



        Kiefer Sutherland, now here's a man that a few more people know and another actor who has played some different parts over the years and kept it interesting for himself, plays the part as the caller (never finding out his name) a psychopath with a different edge on him, he doesn't want to kill his victim he wants to watch him kill himself, not with weapons but with words, as they say the truth will set you free, or knock you down, depends what it is. Kiefer Sutherland plays the part with just enough menace that you can hear it in the way he talks that he has had enough with the world and wants to bring people into the light of judgment, you hardly see him (if ever) but you don't need to as he does well with just his voice.


        The other main roles who play in this film all give a great performance but all your really focusing on is Collin and Kiefer going back and forth wondering what Stuart is going to be told to do.
        Forest Whitaker, another actor who has done some great movies doesn't really show him off in this film as he is Captain Ed Ramey who tries to talk to Stuart to try and get him out of the phone booth and have a chat.
        That's pretty much all he does, so those are the three main guys in the movie but to be honest it's really all about Colin and Kiefer.




        Filming

        There is really nothing special in this movie to add any special effects, what makes this movie great is the acting because there's hardly any movement in this movie really, now the end has a little action but not enough to rant and rave about.
        What makes this all great is the way the camera is used. When the camera is in the phone booth in its different locations it adds to Stuart's apprehension and it's like the walls are closing in on him, or the walls he has put up so he can be who he is, is now being destroyed from around him, brick by brick.
        To then have the camera be behind captain Ed Ramey to show us what we as a public would see, a man in a phone booth looking like a mental case, flipping between the two shots is quite interesting.




        Cast

        Colin Farrell - Stuart (Stu) Shepard
        Kiefer Sutherland - The Caller
        Forest Whitaker - Captain Ed Ramey
        Radha Mitchell - Kelly Shepard
        Katie Holmes - Pamela McFadden


        This movie definitely gives thriller a whole new meaning and they give such a life like performance that you do believe it could actually happen, but don't forget it's only a film, be it a brilliant film but still a film.
        This film definitely gets a 10/10 for originality, and performance...oh what the hell the whole movies a 10/10

        Running time is 81 minutes
        It may be a short movie in comparisons to other movies but this one hits hard and quick and leaves you wanting more, and the good thing is there's no drawn out beginning like in a lot of movies, you see his life for but a brief time before the phone booth scene starts then its go go go.

        From Amazon the price is £3.83

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          26.03.2010 20:25
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          Don't Hang Up!

          Phone Booth

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          General information
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          Running: 81 minutes
          Category: Thriller
          Director: Joel Schumacher
          Language: English
          Country: United States of America
          Extra's: yes

          Actors:
          Collin Farrel as Stuart Shepard
          Katie Holmes as Pamela Mcfadden
          Klefer Sutherland as The caller
          Forest whitaker as Ed Ramey

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          The story
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          The movie is about a man named Stuart Shepard. In the beginning of the movie we see Stuart walking on the street being arrogant and act like he's very important talking through his mobile. From the start you know this is not a nice person! To make it worse, Stuart stops at a public phone, removes his wedding ring and calls a woman named Pamela. A woman he has been cheating his wife with! He always calls Pamela with a public phone so his wife will never find out by looking at his phone. Stuart thinks he's smart until one day when he arrives at the phone booth, the phone rings! The caller informs him not to hang up or he will be killed! First Stuart doesn't take it serious but he quick after that he will find out in how much trouble he really is. The caller confronts Stuart with his life and says that Stuart has to be honest towards his wife and girlfriend. Stuart doesn't want this of of course, but soon the situation only gets worse and even the police gets involved but first not to help Stuart! Will he make it out of the phone booth alive?

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          The acting in this movie is quiet good. There are a few famous actors in this movie like Collin Stuart, who plays the rol of Stuart. He's very convincing in his part from the arrogant man in the beginning of the movie to being scared and insecure. Katie Holmes plays the part of Pamela, the girlfriend of Stuart. She only has a small part in this movie, but does it really well. I do like Katie Holmes in other movies and always find it a pleasure to see her acting. Keith Sutherland plays the part of the Caller and it's his voice that is really impressing and scary!

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          There are several extra's on the DVD. You got the commentary of the director Joel Schumacher. His commentary is pretty enjoyable. He tells about the movie and how the movie had to be filmed in 10 days. He also talks about the actors and the characters in the movie. There is also a making off on the DVD, which gives you a good view behind the scenes.

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          I have really enjoyed the movie Phone Booth. It's a different kind of movie then the 'normal' thriller. I like the story and the way they have filmed it, especially since the movie takes almost place on one location. I think the way they keep it exciting and interesting, is really clever. The acting is good and convincing, especially Collin Farrel! I recommend this movie!

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            14.02.2010 05:00
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            A great Schumacher film that makes the audience forget about the poor Batman & Robin

            Colin Farrell stars as a publicist named Stuart who enters a public phone booth in New York City after the phone strangely rings. On the other end is a mad man (played by Kiefer Sutherland) who explains that he has Stuart at firing range from his sniper rifle and will shoot him unless he confesses his recent wrong doings.

            This is a 99% dialogue driven film. The other 1% pertains to the ending of the film which has a brief moment of physical action.

            However, don't let that turn you off!

            This is an entertaining film that will have you on your edge of your seat as Stuart is constantly aimed at by the gunman and Stuart desperately attempts to talk the psycho out of doing what he is.

            Other characters come into the film, characters who play members of the general public who interfere and threaten Stuart's safety.

            For example, a prostitute sends her pimp over and tries to force Stuart out of the booth but the gunman has told Stuart NOT to leave!

            It's moments like these that are full of suspense and the film has a constant stream of tension that runs throughout.

            I believe this is one of Farrell's best performances as he believably portrays the apprehension, constant and extreme worry of being killed at any moment.

            Kiefer Sutherland is suitably creepy as the voice of the psychotic sniper and he delivers his lines with a creepy calmness, even in moments when Stuart's life is in danger.

            You get the feeling that this guy doesn't care for the value of human life at all but in his twisted mind, he thinks he is trying to do Stuart a big favour.

            I also believe this is one of the best films that Joel Schumacher has directed, right next to 8MM.

            These two films are a far cry from the Hollywood embarrassment that was Batman & Robin and, in my opinion, he should now be forgiven for that with the making of these two movies.

            Definetely recommended for it's original method of delivering it's suspense!

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            18.01.2010 16:54
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            A very good thriller, which will keep surprising you until the end

            I always find myself in two minds about Joel Schumacher. You never know what to expect from one of his films. There was the debatably good Phantom of the Opera, the absolutely awful Batman sequels and his rather magnificent Falling Down. In all honesty "A film by Joel Schumacher" can mean anything.

            So we come to Phone Booth. At the time when I first saw it, I didn't know it was Joel Schumacher, and even if I had I probably would have ignored it because I had no idea who he was. And as it turns out, Phone Booth is one of those films Schumacher just got right.

            The plot goes as such: Stu Shepard, played by Colin Farrell, is a self-centered and arrogant publicist, who wants to cheat on his wife with Katie Holmes. He goes to his usual phone booth to call her (so that his wife will never know), and after he does - and dismisses a pizza delivery guy trying to give him pizza, the phone rings. Naturally he answers it, only problem is, he never should have.

            On the other end of the line is the haunting, creepy voice of Kiefer Sutherland, telling him that he likes watching Shepard and whatever he does, he shouldn't hand up the phone. Shepard is not afraid and says he'll hang up the phone, but the caller tells him he knows about his wife.

            And there everything starts to get a bit out of control. A pimp is killed by the caller (who has a sniper rifle, of course), and people think it's Shepard's fault, and so the police is called down, headed by Forrest Whitaker. All the while, the caller harasses Shepard, delving into his mind, calling into all of the wrong things he has done.

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            The film works very well. It's claustrophobic and it puts us right in Shepard's shoes. We don't know who the caller is, or the real reasons why he is harassing only Shepard. We feel for Shepard, even though he is technically a "bad guy", trapped between the threats of the caller to not hang up (or he will be shot), and the police who are asking him to leave the booth. The film questions heavily the ideas of morals - is the caller "right", in bringing forwards all of Shepard's past sins, or, is he just another psycho?

            With its minimal cast, good dialogue and very convincing performances from both Farrell and Whitaker (Sutherland does some good talking, too), this film is tense and will keep you on the edge of your seat

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            A great film

            note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

            Phone Booth is one of the best and most genius thrillers of the decade; it was delayed heavily following the Washington Beltway sniper attacks of 2002, and was finally released in 2003. It is a minimalist exercise - a considerable challenge for a thriller - and pays off immensely due to some cracking performances and a fun, enigmatic script.

            The film revolves around Stu Shephard (Colin Farrel), a high flying PR agent who lies and decieves everyone around him in order to get ahead, as well as to perpetuate this image of him as a hugely successful and effortlessly cool man. However, this all changes when he answers a phone booth that is ringing, and is told by a man on the other end of the phone (Kiefer Sutherland), that if he hangs up, he will be shot dead with a sniper rifle. It appears that the sniper has been following him for quite some time, and knows that he has been cheating on his wife Kelly (Radha Mitchell) with a young actress, Pam (Katie Holmes). He will have to bear his soul if he wants to get out alive, and also find a way to convince the police, headed by Captain Ed Ramey (Forest Whitaker), that he isn't responsible for a man that the sniper shot dead in the street.

            Given the constraints of a phone booth, the fact that this film is such a taut thriller is a huge achievement, and a huge credit to both the script writers and the actors. Farrel pulls off a career best here, and Sutherland is a wonderful villain. The ending is hugely satisfying and not what you'd expect either.

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            12.11.2009 21:39
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            Brilliant film filled with atmosphere

            Phone Booth is a fantastic film from Joel Schumacher, its fabulous because it throws away a lot of the modern concepts of stunts, visual effects and big budgets and focuses on a guy stood in a phone booth.

            Colin Farrell plays Stu Shepard a sweet talker and a bit of a player who lives life hard and fast and doesn't mind who he upsets, one day when calling his potential mistress (holmes) from a phone booth he is rude to a pizza delivery guy, when he finishes the call, the phone rings and a voice advises him that if he leaves the booth he will be shot.

            The caller tells Stu he must call his wife and mistress and tell them the truth, he reluctantly does this when he realises his life is in danger, he then struggles when some hookers wish to use the booth and he can't let them, putting him at risk of a beating or being shot, the film develops as police and tv crews turn up and Stu and his cheating ways become national news.

            The film is brilliant as it is mainly a conversation between Stu and the cold calculating caller, Farrell is excellent in the main role and shows his frustration and confusion as well as his weaknesses brilliantly, Sutherland is excellent as the cold voice who wants Stu to be honest to the people in his life and himself, the film is a battle of wits and there can be only one winner.

            This is a smart film with great tension and really great acting, it is a departure from Joel Schmachers other films and for me is better than any of his Batman films. Overall for £3.88 this is well worth a look via Amazon.

            Cast:
            Colin Farrell ... Stu Shepard
            Kiefer Sutherland ... The Caller
            Forest Whitaker ... Captain Ed Ramey
            Radha Mitchell ... Kelly Shepard
            Katie Holmes ... Pamela McFadden
            Paula Jai Parker ... Felicia
            Arian Waring Ash ... Corky (as Arian Ash)
            Tia Texada ... Asia
            John Enos III ... Leon
            Richard T. Jones ... Sergeant Cole
            Keith Nobbs ... Adam
            Dell Yount ... Pizza Guy
            James MacDonald ... Negotiator
            Josh Pais ... Mario
            Yorgo Constantine ... ESU Commander

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              very watchable thriller

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              Introduction

              Phone Booth is a fast paced and gripping thrilller movie which is also a film about morality. It was released in 2003 and despite having a pretty low budget and being filmed in just 10 days it was a relative success helped largely by a very good cast. The film was directed by Joel Schumacher.

              Plot

              The film stars the charcter of Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) who is an arrogant publicist workig in New York. He believes he has the whole world in his hands. Every day he uses the same phone booth to call the woman he is cheating on his wife with. On the last day, before this particular phone booth is demolished though the phone rings. Stu answers the phone, only to find the caller on the end is an invisible sniper who knows everything about him including his relationships. Stu is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed.

              Opinion

              When you take into account that `Phone Booth' was filmed in just ten days, on a limited budget with few special effects, one main actor and a single setting you could well question the potential success of this film. It is though thoroughly entertaining and gripping and very watchable from the start. This is mainly due to the great castings of Colin Farrell as the man in the booth and Kiefer Sutherland who plays the sniper who we hear but do not really see.Although tied to a single location, there is great camera work which really adds to the action and perspective of the movie. Sutherland's voice for the sniper is fantastic and is calm, creepy and authoritative. You do really feel he is serious and means business. There is a pretty good support cast with the likes of Forest Whitaker and Katie Holmes. Overall it is a great movie despite a number of things that might go against it, it works very well and is very watchable.

              Film details:

              Directed by: Joel Schumacher

              Produced by:

              Gil Netter
              David Zucker

              Written by: Larry Cohen

              Starring:

              Colin Farrell
              Kiefer Sutherland
              Forest Whitaker
              Radha Mitchell
              Richard T. Jones
              Katie Holmes

              Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

              Release date(s): April 4, 2003

              Running time: 81 minutes

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                Worth seeing

                This is a 15 rated thriller an hour and a quarter in length. There is some bad language, sexual references and some violence.

                This film starts with a short build up to give some background of Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) and then the remainder is in the phone booth. After calling his "mistress" Pamela McFadden (Katie Holmes) from the phone booth the phone rings and Stu answers (because a ringing phone has to be answered). The caller is anonymous (Keifer Sutherland) who we learn nothing about other than that he is an expert marksman and has a sniper rifle trained on the phone booth. The caller keeps Stu there to force him to confess his wrongs to his wife (Radha Mitchell) and the rest of the world. The only other main character in this is the lead detective on the scene trying to negotiate with Stu - Captain Ed Ramey (Forest Whitaker).

                The concept of this film is very original (with the exception of Liberty Stands Still - released in the same year). There is not much action nor is there much of a storyline: considering this is entirely focused on one man's life it does not explore his story in very much depth. Even taking all this into account, for some reason the film does keep you hooked in wanting to know what will happen next. I've watched this twice now and enjoyed it both times - it helps that this film is fairly short - it does keep you in suspense but no so long that you will get bored. There are no real twists but the ending is not necessarily what you expect. When the film was over I did feel as though there should have been something more.

                The acting in this is good - not excellent - but good. Colin Farrell gives a very convincing performance as the flash, arrogant publicity agent but also in the vulnerability he reveals later. Katie Holmes does what she does best playing a pretty and adorable but naïve young woman. Forest Whitaker is fine - his acting abilities aren't really stretched as Ramey - there isn't much emotion in the role. Now, Keifer: we don't see him through this film we just hear his voice and he does a good job of playing this unhinged tormentor. However there is one thing detracts from his performance: that is if you are a 24 fan. Every time Keifer opened his mouth all I could hear was "the following takes place between..." I find it hard to take Keifer as anything other than Jack Bauer. He is so iconic the boundry between Keifer and Jack is very blurred they are almost the same person.

                This film is not award winning, clearly any thriller that has a tag line of "A ringing phone has to be answered" is not going to be a rollercoaster ride of excitement. That said it will keep you entertained for an hour and a quarter.

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                  03.08.2009 00:15
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                  Watch and you'll be scared...!

                  This movie Phone Booth is an epic movie which I will always remember and it is true if there is a ringing phone it has to be answered even if its not by you. Phone Booth is a must see movie for anyone who likes to see a mystery and who enjoys a bit of sarcams which goes to the extreme in this movie.

                  Storyline: is about a man cheating on his wife with his girlfriend but his girlfriend doesn't know he's got a wife but this person is just watching the cheating man and one day decided to phone the booth which he called his girlfriend from which really turns nasty he does not let him turn off the phone and he doesn't allow him to tell anyone that if he puts the phone down hes going to be killed. The storyline really is a great one and Colin Farrel really does portray a scared and sorry man in this film.

                  Quality of acting and voice of the physcho: the voice over the phone is really weird because its scary and soothing at the same time and the acting does by Collin Farrell is really good as he makes the movie so believable that even I felt sorry for the cheating guy.

                  This movie is a must see for anyone who enjoys fanatics taking over a persons life and just watching someone suffer because they've caused suffer to people in there life.

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                    18.06.2009 15:53
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                    Brilliantly done unique film

                    I read about this in the paper as it was coming out and the concept immediately got me interested, a film, for the entire duration shot in or around a, phone booth. Certainly not your usual setting for a film, having a look at the runtime I wasn't surprised it was so short but I needed to check this film out, it sounded good, it had Keifer Sutherland and Colin Farrell in it so what's not to like.

                    It turns out, there's nothing to dislike about this film, I bought this on DVD about 5 years ago now and I must have watched it a good 50 times or so, a few times a year at the very least, it's that good and so easy to watch since it's just 70 minutes long.

                    The concept is brilliant I think, not many films would have the huts to shoot an entire film in one setting for the viewers would usually get bored, not with Phonebooth however, there's tension and chillness running throughout the entire film and Sutherlands voice is absolutely perfect for this role, it's chilling and scary. Farrell has to be lauded for his acting as well, I hadn't thought much of him before this but to be on screen for what must have been 97% of the film and to not get bored or annoyed with him is a great indictment so his acting in this film.

                    The plot revolves around Farrell, a man with many contacts in the entertainment industry, and a man who sells lies to papers to get money for him and his clients, Sutherlands character watches him every day as Farrell enters a phone booth to chat to his more favourable 'clients', Sutherland witnesses him cheating on his wife.

                    The film is extremely well directed by Joel Schumacher, as mentioned I'm not sure many people could pull off an entire film being set within one phone booth let alone one city, the film is tense throughout and being unsure what will actually happen until the end and what the cops actually believe makes for a very enthralling film, we can see the development as the film goes on as the police begin to realise what may actually be going on on the other end of the phone.

                    Brilliant film easy to watch, chilling and tense throughout.

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                      23.03.2009 14:41
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                      Worth a watch

                      Although being a very simple film, set more or less entirely in a phone booth, I actually really liked this movie and ended up buying the DVD.

                      Colin Farrell stars as Stu, a New York publicist who lies and cheats himself through life, earning what we can see as a nice amount of money and under-appreciating everyone around him. The introduction of the movie is really just an introduction to Stu and for the viewers to understand who he is and why you probably wouldn't like him if you met him.

                      I think the reason so many people (surprisingly) enjoyed this movie is because of the suspense and tension both Farrell and the sniper create. Stu is effectively trapped in a phone booth by a sniper in an unknown position above him. His life is threatened and there are twists and new situations that arise.

                      Obviously, the movie is very limited, but somehow Joel Schumacher makes more of it than you could imagine. Great ideas and camera work make Phone Booth much more exciting than I expected and the sniper's voice was well picked. He is very calm and in an odd way... logical.

                      I definitely recommend watching this short, but enticing movie.

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                      For a film confined almost entirely to one tiny location, Phone Booth has been the centre of a lot of off-screen action: changing lead man from Will Smith to Jim Carrey to Colin Farrell, with various directors attached, and finally postponed as a result of the Washington Sniper attacks--and all this before its release. Still, Larry Cohen's taut 80-minute script finally hits the screens and, as public utility-based thrillers go, it's pretty gripping stuff. Colin Farrell plays slick and obnoxious PR man Stu Shepard who picks up a ringing payphone only to be informed by a mysterious sniper (Keifer Sutherland) that there's a gun pointed directly at him. What Stu initially believes to be a joke turns about to be a vendetta from the sniper who objects to married Stu's philandering ways, and it soon escalates into a prime-time TV siege. Joel Schumacher's energetic direction--employing some snappy editing and nifty split-screen techniques--helps distract from an uneven and often predictable plot. It's easy for the audience to think of a dozen ways this siege could be averted, but by upping the tension stakes Schumacher still makes it fun to watch. Colin Farrell gives a compelling central performance, which runs the emotional gamut from anger to fear to anguish and even carries off a cheesy absolution scene. Keifer Sutherland's husky baddie voiceover is not exactly the stuff of nightmares but, like the rest of the film, you could do a lot worse. As a pure popcorn thriller, Phone Booth hits all the right buttons. --Laura Bushell