The title says it all... except what a brilliant picture this psychological thriller proves to be! How can a man be held hostage in a public phone booth by a sniper, in broad daylight; right in the heart of New York City – where there are literally thousands of people walking by? And why him? Well, that's what the movie is all about.
Stu Shepherd (Colin Farrell) is a dislikeable wannabe hustler-publicist who is about to cheat on his wife Kelly (Radha Mitchell). The "other woman" is actress Pamela McFadden (Katie Holmes) whom Stu has just phoned from the public phone booth of the title, when the phone rings. Being right on hand, Stu lifts the receiver and answers it. Big mistake!
Also in the cast are Kiefer Sutherland; and Forest Whitaker – as sympathetic police captain Ed Ramey.
The film is set in real time, so the timespan in which the film takes place is as long as it takes to watch it. The story is presented in such a way that while a sequel is not impossible; it is highly unlikely to be made. It would be too much a case of "same old same old" to be anywhere nearly as entertaining as this, the original, is.
A very good movie indeed.
Stu Shepart is an arrogant publicist lying his way to success in New York. Everything changes however when he unknowingly answers a call in a phone booth he's been using to cheat on his wife.
Now he is at the mercy of the caller who, as an invisible sniper somewhere in the buildings above, is holding him hostage with demands to come clean with his wife and his girlfriend.
Relying on his wits and the unlikely help of Capt. Ramey, Stu's life will change even if he does manage to escape alive.
This highly original suspense thriller from director Joel Schumacher is filled with action and unbelievable moments when all of New York comes to a standstill for one harrowing conclusion.
20th Century Fox
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• Forest Whitaker
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 18 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.1
|| Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
English for the hearing impaired
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Fri, 27 Dec 2013 | Review by: HBM
A very brilant scrip, what amazes is that the story starts when he wanted to make a call in a public phone and ends at the same booth where is was meant to make a movie, whatever the case may be, "A ringing phone must be answered anyway"
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