Phone Booth (2003)

Phone Booth (2003)

A high-wire thriller that is basically like the movie Speed, but (surprise!) confined to a phone booth

The Very Best

8.5

Movie

United States of America
English, Swahili
Crime, Thriller
2003
JOEL SCHUMACHER
Arian Ash, Ben Foster, Billy 'Sly' Williams
81 min

TLDR

Let's punish Colin Farrell for being a bad boyfriend by forbidding him to hang up the phone.

What it's about

Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), a snappy New York City publicist, is caught in a mind game that might kill him: the only way out is to not hang up the phone.

The take

We love to see Colin Farrell playing an unlikeable guy, it feels like there is balance in the universe. Stu is quite annoying and often offensive, and he's been having an extra-marital affair, which he then gets punished for. Phone Booth carries over this remnant of 2000s morale with a sadistic twist, but that's not what defines it. Instead, the film is a rollicking ride that appeals to both cinephiles and entertainment-seeking viewers alike, a box-office hit that would be just as thrilling and triumphant if it was released today, with the added nostalgia value of the phone booth as a thing of the past. Could it be that in 2002, Schumacher pre-empted our fears regarding internet privacy and cancel culture?

What stands out

Keanu Reeves gave us Speed so Colin Farrell could give us Phone Booth: a thriller in confinement with all the suspense and dramatic effect of a live-or-die chase scene. Steeped in the early 2000s, this film offers more entertainment than wisdom, and this is just how we like it. Joel Schumacher teams up with versatile cinematographer Matthew Libatique and horror editor Mark Stevens to deliver a masterclass in film style, utilizing limited cast and locations through inventive camera angles, harsh edits, split screens, and portraying the events in near-real time. Accelerated pulse and breathing are guaranteed, all thanks to something as simple as a cut.

Comments

I watched this a long time back & this is a single watch movie, I usually take breaks when watching but watched this in a signle sitting. Collin Farell is great as usual & this one is a good thriller, happy to see it being on the recommend list here.

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