A gunman ties up an actor and locks him in his dressing room just before a performance. He also puts a bomb with a 90-minute timer next to the actor. Then, he goes to a room above an LA plaza and draws a bead on the actor's lover, international arms dealer, Liberty Wallace. Calling himself "Joe," he calls her cell phone, demonstrates that a rifle is pointed at her, and tells her to cuff herself to a hot-dog cart nearby (the cuffs are there). Over the next 90 minutes, the story unfolds: as a result of his daughter's death, he wants a public debate on the Second Amendment. As Liberty begins to bond with Joe on the phone, he gets some truths from her - and his revenge. Written by
Improperly worn rank insignia by the police "captain" (rank worn at odd angles). Perhaps LAPD has relaxed or arcane uniform standards, but the parallel captain's bars should either be worn "Army-style" (bars vertical) with the long edge of one bar centered along, parallel to, and 1/4" from the forward edge of the collar, or, "Navy-style" (bars diagonal) with the imaginary line between the two bars bisecting the angle of the collar's corner and lowest edge of the bars precisely 1 inch from the point of the collar. See more »
If Snipes sniped at a sniper, could the sniper snipe a Snipes?
Not in "Liberty Stands Still"; a taught drama in which Liberty (Fiorentino) is a powerful, well connected corporate type who is held hostage in public by a sniper (Snipes) secreted in a building and armed with a sniper rifle, a remote controlled bomb, a cell phone, and oodles of hi-tech gadgetry. The film is a stylish and highly improbable chess match drama in which Snipes spends much time talking with Fiorentino via cell phone as he asserts his agenda and Los Angeles gets busy trying to deal with the threat. Character development is spread over the run time and the conclusion is somewhat less than satisfying. However, the kinetics, visuals, drama, and spy stuff are sufficient to make "Liberty...." a worthwhile and interesting escapist guy-flick. (B-)
Note - Though filmed in Vancouver according to this website, the film shows frequent aerial shots of L.A.
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