356. Phone Booth (2002)

8.0 Thrilling and unpredictable
  • Acting 7.9
  • Directing 8.0
  • Story 8.2
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Starring: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker

Director: Joel Schumacher

Running Time: 81 mins

Phone Booth is an American film about a New York magazine publicist who becomes held down in a phone booth, as he is being aimed at by an unknown sniper in a nearby block of flats, threatening him to reveal his secrets to his wife.

Well, I really enjoyed this film. It was one of the ultimate examples of true unpredictability, with a storyline that really kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end.

The main thing about this film was the fact that basically everything was completely unknown. The identity of the sniper is unknown, you have no idea what is going to happen in the next few seconds, whether the man will comply with the madman’s demands, or whether he will step out into the blue, putting everyone’s lives at risk.

The character of the sniper on the other end of the phone line was a really interesting thing to think about throughout. Why he’s targeting this one man, why he wants him to do certain things for him, and what on earth he’s going to do next, which I felt helped massively in making the whole atmosphere of this story both mysterious as well as even more unpredictable.

Despite the fact that this film can be occasionally quite psychologically draining, due to the amount of possible scenarios you have to think of ahead, it was very interesting and exciting throughout, so I’ll give it an 8.0.


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