Phone Booth Reviews
It's not nearly as good as Locke, another movie set in one location relying purely on dialogue, but Phone Booth did it first, and I've got to give it credit for that.
Eigentlich eine völlig einfache Geschichte. Der Film kommt ohne überladenen Special Effekte aus und das Geschehen bleibt wirklich auf Colin Farrell fokussiert.
Diese Rolle ist auch auf Farrell zugeschnitten. Hier kann man wirklich vereinzelte Facetten, seines Könnens schon sehen.
Als Gegenpart und Hoffnungsschimmer ist hier Forest Whitaker. Er versucht hier wirklich, dem Opfer zu helfen und irgendwie den Scharfschützen zu finden. Der Scharfschütze oder beziehungsweise nur die Stimme, wird hier von Kiefer Sutherland gespielt. Auch ein guter Schachzug, denn man hört wirklich nur die kalte Stimme und das verrückte Lachen von Sutherland, was der Geschichte noch mehr Spannung gibt.
Regisseur Joel Schumacher, der eigentlich gerne Genrefilme macht und dabei zwischendurch gerne übertreibt, ist hier mit Phone Booth" ein kleiner und kurzweiliger Film geworden.
Die Spannung liegt hier richtig in der Luft und man möchte nicht, mit der Haut von Farrell wechseln. Stellt euch mal vor, ihr wäret dort in dieser Telefonzelle und man hat euch im Visier. Was wollt ihr machen?
Fazit: Ein kleiner, feiner und gemeiner Film. So kann Spannung auch Spass machen!
Phone Booth tells the story of a PR man (Colin Farrell), who is made to confront the his bravado, by an anonymous, seemingly all-knowing phone booth caller (Keifer Sutherland). Short and snappy, the film offers a so-so, predictable plot, but has a great cast that keeps the film from failing. It ends just when it should and never gets boring. You could describe it as thrilling. Which is good... Considering this is a thriller.
To delve deeper. From the start, this film is dated. It isn't that old, but it does feel like a product of its time, and that isn't just because it is set in a phone box either. Something about the over-the-top thrill of this film, makes me know that this is a film. I want to be put inside a thriller. A film will lose me if it makes itself clear that it is a film. That isn't great for a thriller. The story of this film is also an issue. Not that it is awful, but it isn't new. It follows the model of any other typical thriller. It never quite tricks you. However, this one is more about Farrell's character and his understanding of his own issues. Which is interesting, rather than being thrilling. There is a part in all of us (especially the British), that wants those type of posers to finally recognize themselves. I think what makes that good is the fact that Farrell plays the degradation so well, rather than plot-lines. It wants to be intelligent, but isn't. Yet, it is interesting and thrilling. That's what matters in the end.
As previously mentioned, Colin Farrell stars. I admit that at first, all I could do was concentrate on Farrell's acquired accent for this film. His character almost becomes Irish, but he just holds it together, and eventually you're engrossed in his character and the film as a whole. Sutherland plays the phone box caller. A vigilante on those personality traits that really get on the nerves of ordinary people. He completes a great performance with more-or-less just his voice. This does contribute a lot to the over-the-top thriller feel of the film. A deep, dark voice echoing through the telephone adds to, yet subtracts in an odd way. On one hand you have it being menacing, and on the other, you have it being cliched and too much. It rides an ever so thin line to becoming too much, but I would side with it adding more to the thrill of the film, in the end. So, Farrell and Sutherland have it almost on lock. Sprinkle in Forest Whitaker as a policeman in the middle, not quite understanding the whole situation, and you have a great triple-set of performances.
It really is the performances, that keep this film from slipping into lackluster territory. This is a good, solid film and is well worth a watch. Ignore the slightly out of date feel of this one and you should be fine. Don't be going to watch this thinking this will be some heavily intriguing thriller though. It isn't. Look at this one as typical, and you will enjoy yourself. Its pitfalls are well covered by the actors, equaling to a very-enjoyable film.