Phonebooth, a DVD that I have had for some time but never got round to watching until today. I was intrigued as the idea of someone ringing a phone-booth at random and then holding the individual who answers the call hostage seemed quite interesting – however this was not the case.
You quickly find out that this is not a random event but a planned plot. The purpose of which is revealed almost immediately, removing most of the suspense from the rest of the film. The mystery caller (Kiefer Sutherland) kept my interest for all of 10 minutes and then just became boring. Even when some action did happen it wasn’t very exciting, for example there were no piercing bullet shots as they were shot through a silencer.
Despite there being next to no action, I did want to find out what was going to happen but although the film was only 77 minutes it felt so much longer! Colin Farrell did put a good performance in and did a great job at making this highly far-fetched plot believable, the contrast between his character at the start and at the end was probably the best thing about the movie. It was clearly trying to highlight some moral issues but it was a very strange way to go about it.
Unfortunately non of the other characters were likeable so there wasn’t much reaction when they were threatened, possibly some regarding Forest Whitaker’s character but that needed more development. The main issue with this movie was its plot. I just can’t understand the villain who wants people to be honest, but will kill several people in the process to reach this goal. To me it just didn’t make sense. If the villain’s motive had of been different it could have had potential.
BIGGEST FLAW – Stupid plot
BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT – Colin Farrell’s performance
Rating – 4/10