A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based television cop show, while tracking down the manufacturer and distributor of an illegally made semi-automatic firearm.
When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story."Written by
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There are a lot of location inconsistencies throughout the film. Like the scene involving the apprehension of the Jamaican killer that Robert De Niro and Avery Brooks are going after early in the film, was clearly Los Angeles, and most of the scenes in Times Square, were shot in New York City, for example. Most of the interiors were shot on soundstages and New York City and Los Angeles locations. See more »
The blood disappears from Eddie's lapel after he has been struck on the face. See more »
During the credits you see the aftermath of the punch to Robert Hawkins See more »
InfiniFilm DVD includes deleted scenes with commentary: Emil forces Oleg to carry their baggage to the apartment; Jordy is visited by an annoying arsonist at his office; Emil helps a blind woman cross the street; extended, uncut scene outside the apartment fire set up for Jordy where the annoying arsonist returns; Jordy chases half-naked Oleg from a hotel across Times Square into a movie theater showing 2 Days in the Valley (1996) and mistakes on-screen gunfire for actual gunfire; extended scene of Emil in prison, explaining why he helped the blind woman. See more »
Sorta crams in the message, but at least it has one
Society's fascination with murderers is in itself so fascinating that people can't stop making films about the notion. Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" may have covered everything there was to cover on the subject, but that shouldn't suggest "15 Minutes" has no right to exist. Everything in this movie has sorta been done before, but that doesn't hurt it at all. You have your semi-likable good guys, you have your repulsive bad guys, here and there there's a surprise built in, what more could you really hope for? Writer/director John Herzfeld manages to keep the pace high, but is clearly not that into subtlety and creates some very unbelievable story elements. I love how Hollywood still thinks you can avoid every sentence there is by pleading insanity. It's a bit more complex than that, guys. Still, "15 Minutes" is quite an enjoyable ride, rough around the edges but it does make you think.
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