Phone Booth

Phone Booth, 2002 film starring  Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker.  90% of this film was filmed in one location!!

Stu Shepard (Farrell) is a smooth talking publicist in New York.  He gets himself in and out of trouble with his smooth talking charm all the time.  He even has a wife and a girlfriend on the go but he has caught the eye of someone else!  A psychopathic killer (Sutherland, you never get the guys name) who seems to want to teach Stu a lesson.  After answering a call in a phone booth thinking it was his girlfriend Stu becomes trapped by the caller with threats to his life if he leaves the phone booth.  The police arrive led by Captain Ramey (Whitaker) and demand he come out but the caller won’t let him.  Stu tries to negotiate with the caller while the cops look on, confused, which leads to a big climax you don’t want to miss!

I have to say that the writers in this one were great.  At first I thought this would be a so so thriller type film but I actually got into it and had to see where it could lead.  I mean, spending a whole movie in a phone booth!  It seemed like I was watching an episode of 24 at first even though Sutherland was the bad guy in this.  I also read that the film was set in real time and it takes place in the same amount of time that it takes to watch it, very interesting approach!

Farrell played his part exceedingly well.  Sutherland was basically a voice only character except for the end but only for a minute.  The only other character that interacted with Farrell was Whitaker’s as the police Captain.   Whitaker is a great actor as well.  I thought this was a good nail biter, would the crazy caller kill him or would he be killed by the police.  Could have gone either way several times.

Excellent little film and a great way to spend a couple of hours.  You know, I may see this one again sometime in the future, it was worthy!