Spend 80 Minutes in a Phone Booth

2006-07-03 15:17

A phone call can change your life, but for one man it could also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, Joel Schumacher's innovative new thriller follows the fortunes of Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), a low-rent media consultant.

Stu uses his local public phone to call his mistress (Katie Holmes). There, he takes a call from a stranger who threatens that if he hangs up, he'll be shot. At first Stu is sceptical, but the sniper soon convinces him - by killing a passer-by.

The shooting draws the attention of the police, who arrive backed with a small army of sharpshooters. They believe that Stu, not the unseen caller, is the gunman. The senior officer on the scene, Captain Ramey (Forest Whitaker), tries to talk Stu out of the booth.

But unbeknownst to Ramey's team, the media circus that has flocked to the site, Stu's wife, Kelly, and his girlfriend - the caller has them all in his sights.

As afternoon turns into evening, Stu, the embodiment of an unethical, self-serving existence, must now undertake a sudden and unexpected moral evolution. Stu's lies, half-truths, and obfuscation no longer matter. Instead, he must dig deep into his soul, find his strength and attempt to outwit the caller, taking the game to an even more dangerous level.

What the critics are saying:

"...Joel Schumacher is on target with Phone Booth, an impressive genre entertainment - forgettable but gripping; slight but deadly."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi

"It's the kind of idea Alfred Hitchcock could have spun into cinematic gold. But in the hands of high-gloss director Joel Schumacher...the film's intelligence and creativity have to fight for screen time with invasive popcorn-movie superficiality.
- Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDwire

"...a New York story shot mostly in L.A., (it) doesn't hold up to scrutiny, but no way will it put you to sleep."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Phone Booth is a lightweight but enjoyable thriller that stands more on the charms of Colin Farrell than on its "high concept" screenplay.

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