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A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding. Written by
Ryan McIntosh <Ryanmcintosh01@hotmail.com>
The phone booth is supposedly on the north side of West 53rd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. The filming began there but it was already November 2000 and much too cold for the cast and crew. After one day, the shoot took over in a historic section of downtown LA on 5th Street. It looks like NY, save for the well-known Studio 54 and Ed Sullivan Theatre which are on the original location's block. See more »
Stu's wedding ring disappears and reappears between shots in the scenes leading up to his big speech. See more »
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 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.
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