Taught, Original, Daring, very entertaining (by jigshaun)
I saw the premiere of "Phone Booth" at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, and I LOVED IT! It's unusual for a feature like this to even show at the TIFF, which should say something about it. I know it sounds like a hard sell. The whole thing takes place outside a phone booth in Manhattan, and it was shot in 10 days for less than 2 million dollars. But this movie is electric. It BLEW ME AWAY! Stuart `Stu' Shepard Colin Farrell , a sleazy publicist, uses this phone booth to call his girlfriend, because his wife checks his cell phone bills. The phone rings, and when <more>
he picks it up, all hell breaks loose. The voice on the other end Kiefer Sutherland is just terrifying warns him that if he leaves the booth he will be killed. At first Stu doesn't believe him, but we find out pretty quick that his life is in real danger, and the stranger on the other end of the line knows EVERYTHING about Stu and his life. Then the police show up, Forest Whitaker is wonderful as always as the cop in charge and order Stu out of the booth. I spent the next hour on the edge of my seat. I don't want to give anything more away, but it is one of the most suspenseful movies I've seen in a very long time! You should go see this movie! I don't think it's going to get a very big release, even though it's directed by Joel Schumacher St. Elmo's Fire, Flatliners, Batman and Robin, 8mm, Tigerland . Schumacher was at the screening, and he talked about how a number of different actors including Mel Gibson and directors had been attached to the script, and it had taken years to get it to the screen. He was able to do it with Colin Farrell after 20th Century Fox exec's saw him in `Tigerland' and decided to take a chance. But he's still not considered a `big' star. And Kiefer only came to the project at the end though Schumacher said he was the only guy for the role, and I agree , and you don't see him much. So the movie may not get much of a push when it comes out. Don't let that dissuade you. If you like a good ride, you should go see this movie.
One of my most favourite films (by springsunnywinter)
At first I thought the film was going to be just a normal thriller but it turned out to be a thousand times better than I expected. The film is truly original and was so dark & sinister that gives the tensive mood also it is emotionally & psychologically thrilling, the whole movie is charged with pulse pounding suspense and seems like it's really happening. It's amazing that how they managed to make an 80 minute movie with just a guy in a phone booth but the full credit goes to Colin Farrell and Larry Cohen the writer not Joel Schumacher because he is a crappy director. Joel <more>
Schumacher's films are rubbish especially The Number 23, Phone Booth was shot in 10 days with a budget of $10 million so it wasn't a hard job to make it, that's why Joel doesn't get any credit but the cast & crew did a fantastic job. I also really liked the raspberry coloured shirt Colin was wearing and it was an excellent choice of clothing because the viewers are going to watch him throughout the whole film. When I first saw the movie I fell in love with it and I bought it on DVD the next day and I've seen it about 20 times and I'm still not fed up with it. Phone Booth is and always will be Colin Farrell's best film! Overall it is simply one of my favourite films and I even argued over my friend because he didn't like it.
The Phone Booth is a very clever and unusual movie. Decent acting from the cast including a great performance from Colin Farrell! Forest Whitaker was very good.Kiefer Sutherland was excellent!The performances from Radha Mitchell,Katie Holmes,and Paula Jai Parker were good.I like how the film had the Hulk like split screens.I also like that fact that it focused on the victim and the killer almost the entire hour and twenty-one minutes!The end is just unbelievable! Joel Schumacher is a very good director in My opinion and this movie deserves a lot of attention in My opinion.If you want a short <more>
film that keeps you going until the end and an ending that is very surprising then check out the Phone Booth!
Gosh! And 10 days was all it took to be filmed!! (by what3v3r)
Colin Farrell is a self-professed star publicist with an attitude to boot. Watch 81 minutes of gut-wrenching nerve-wracking dialog reduce a pretentious "kiss my ass" punk into an enervated and regretful reprobate. Farrell is simply awesome in portraying the gravity of the situation. "The Caller"'s voice is absolutely worth a mention. Calm, creepy and authoritative! Something different and the movie would have fallen flat on its 'flab less' anterior. Sutherland plays 'The Caller', manning a high profile sniper rifle, while he thrusts honesty upon Stu <more>
Shephard Colin Farrell . Frankly, I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen for a second. Ebert himself was marvelled by the creativity of "Phone Booth". Why! It wasn't without good reason! A gaudy character stuck inside a phone booth in a busy locale, some good camera work, bunch of apartment windows, a psycho sniper and 10 days of excellent filming supported by a 'worth a mention' cast easily will manage to get into a good bundle of "top ten" lists. Fabulous entertainment and a good display of creativity. Graham Bell is still aiding marvels, I guess!
Hitchcock & Kafka Meet In Times Square Via Larry Cohen's Pen (by dtb)
Contains Spoiler A tense, taut, darkly funny 81-minute package of Hitchcockian suspense set in New York City although the scenes specifically involving the phone booth were filmed in Los Angeles, the art direction and veteran thriller genius Larry Cohen's biting script gave those scenes a very convincing Times Square ambience. It really reminded me of the seedy Times Square of my youth! :- , PHONE BOOTH is a film that everyone in front of and behind the camera should be proud of. In particular, it's a tour de force for Colin Farrell and Kiefer Sutherland. Farrell, doing a good Bronx <more>
accent that also sounds slightly Latino-tinged to my native New Yorker ears, shows why he was long touted as The Next Big Thing even before he finally got some hit movies under his belt. As slippery publicist Stu Shepard, the intense, kinetic Farrell runs the gamut of emotions; he's like Nicolas Cage in dramatic mode without the scenery-chewing! :- Sutherland has never been more sinister in a mostly voiceover role as Farrell's nemesis/self-appointed conscience. Ron Eldard reportedly did the voice of The Caller first, but maybe after seeing the rushes, PB director Joel Schumacher decided the part needed more star power and/or menace, so he recruited his old bud' and colleague Sutherland. It was a good move, and I'm not just saying that because Sutherland is one of my longtime faves. When Sutherland plays bad guys, he gets this great silky menace to his voice kinda like James Mason without the British accent :- , and it's very effective in PB. Sutherland is seen very briefly in the film, too, so I must assume they filmed that footage later, but it certainly blends in seamlessly with the rest of the movie. SPOILER ALERT... I actually found it darkly funny, even Kafkaesque, that The Caller's reasons for terrorizing arrogant married PR flack Stu included his aspiring to lure actress/client Pam the ever-appealing Katie Holmes into an affair. Think about it: The Caller was so twistedly self-righteous and judgmental that he was punishing his victims or Stu, anyway for thought-crimes! How Big Brother can you get?! :- ...END SPOILER ALERT. While PB was well worth seeking out in actual theaters, especially since it has lots of cool split-screen shots and inset effects that are especially effective on a big screen, its claustrophobic nature also makes it well-suited to the small TV screen. Check out Schumacher's enjoyable DVD commentary, too.
I don't know whether its just me or are the films in which situations are presented from the beginning of the films to the end spark more interest. Speed, Saw, and Phone Booth all present situations where you cant help but become intrigued to how it'll pan out or be solved.Phone Booth as you may have guessed is set within a phone booth. Coline Farrel enters the booth a cocky,confident man, and leaves it with a very different attitude. So how can a film which is primarly set in a phone booth keep you hooked for 80 minutes. Well early in the film a man is shot, in public and witnesses <more>
and evidence suggest its farrel thats the culprit. Farrel cant do anything about it, because he'l be shot by a sniper viewing the booth if he hangs up or leaves. So now you've got the police on hand as a second outfit and another dilemma for farrel to face. They are trying to bring him out of the booth, but if he does come out hes to be shot. You can see how the writers expanded a simple situation ad blown it waaaay out of proportion. Its great. The films offers sharp dialogue and fine acting only from farrel, but hes all that matters really . Farrel displays all emotions humanly possible throughout the film. Mostly fear. By Hollywood standards this film is relatively short running time, but this works for it, as perhaps 2hours would have been to long to keep the dialogue from becoming tedious. To some up, this is a top film. Watch it. It wont take long.
This is the kind of movie that is rare these days. It didn't cost an arm and a leg to make, it stars some good actors and the story line was plausible.The Hitchcock influence is obvious and the pacing of the film was just right. This is the best work of director Schumacher. The lead could have been played by any yuppie looking actor but Colin Farrell does a good job anyway in a role that puts you in his character's place.It's hard to make a movie work when it takes place in a confined space with few characters, but when those movies succeed, it shows. And that's how it is with <more>
One Way To Get Your Message Across! (by ccthemovieman-1)
I only looked at this because a friend loaned it to me so, at zero cost, what could I lose? Well, it was a lot better than I anticipated. Oddly, even though it's only 80 minutes long, I think this could have been better with about 10 minutes chopped off. It starts to repeat itself too much near the end. You have to remember, almost the whole film takes place within a phone booth!Colin Farrell does a super job playing a sleazy guy held captive in the phone booth by a threatening sniper-caller. The story, although simple, holds your attention because there is great suspense, innovative <more>
camera-work, an involving story that hooks you in pretty fast and some great sound. I hope you have a surround sound system because the caller's Keifer Sutherland voice on the other end of the line is something to hear!There is a big moral message in this film, too, about doing the right thing and paying for your sins, which Farrell sure did. It was really refreshing to hear that message, effectively told. Maybe some of us need a sniper to get the message across, but I hope not! Are there holes in this story? Sure, but it's still good and has a cool ending. The only warning I would give readers here is the language: this is a very profane film with Farrell going overboard on the f-word. If that offends you, then stay out of this phone booth; otherwise, it's pretty entertaining
Stu Shepard Colin Farrell uses a pay phone to call his mistress Katie Holmes and after he hung up the phone rings. He picks it up, of course, and learns that there is a sniper on the other side of the line. When he hangs up the sniper will shoot him, so he is told. Before he entered the booth we saw Stu talking on his cell phone as a PR-man, constantly lying to people. The sniper has observed Stu and thinks he deserves to die.When the sniper demonstrates he is real by shooting a pimp near the booth the police arrives and thinks Stu is the shooter. Capt. Ramey Forest Whitaker slowly <more>
understands things are not as they seem.Colin Farrell who is in almost every scene is great. First he looks so confident and slowly he becomes more and more desperate. The voice of the sniper Kiefer Sutherland is also perfect for the movie. It sounds calm but creepy, like a dangerous man who knows what he is doing.The movie is not very long and here that is a very good thing. Scenes are not dragged to make the movie as long as most movies and therefor it doesn't get boring. It kept me on the edge of my seat. A very good thriller.