Phone Booth (2002)


“You can’t understand the pain of betrayal until you’ve been betrayed. ” – The Caller

Number of Times Seen – 2 (2 Aug 2003 and 13 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A man is trapped in a phone booth when a sniper threatens to kill me if he tries to leave.

My Take on it – This is a film with a great concept which surprisingly works quite well even though the film takes place in real time and in (mainly) one location.

This idea works well mostly due to the exceptional acting of the cast and also due to the fact that they chose to keep the film short and not try and drag things out too much.

The tight 80 minute runtime is perfect for the story told here and there is truly not need to expand on that because we get to see everything that is needed.

Colin Farrell, Keifer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker are all quite good here and I really liked the fact that they are all quite intelligent characters who are trying to deal with everything as it comes in an intelligent and relatively calm way.

It unfortunate that we don’t get to learn more about some of the characters pasts, but that is essential part of what this film is trying to tell us; that sometimes there are things in life that we must deal with based on current knowledge and past knowledge is irrelevant when trying to act and react to what is currently happening.

Bottom Line – Great concept that works mostly because of the acting and due to the fact that they choose not to drag the story out. Farrell, Sutherland and Whitaker are all quite good here and its nice to see intelligent characters trying to figure out what is happening around them.  I wish we would be able to learn more about some of the characters histories but I think part of the point here is acting and reacting to what you know about instead of needing to understand it all. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the movie, when the Caller warns Stu not to move, he says “You can get shot 41 times just for pulling out your wallet”. This is a reference to the killing of Amadou Diallo, an innocent man who matched the description of a serial rapist. The police approached him and he pulled out his wallet (presumably to show them his ID), they mistakenly thought it was a gun and the four officers on scene fired 41 rounds at him. He was shot 19 times and died as a result of his injuries. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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