Phone Booth
2003
In this intense drama, which takes place in and around a single phone booth in New York City, slick New York publicist Stuart Shepard (Colin Farrell) picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth and is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed. Turns out Shephard is being watched by a rooftop killer with a sniper rifle -- and the little red light from an infrared rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding. Forest Whitaker co-stars.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

The most interesting thing to learn about this movie is that it was originally conceived for Hitchcock. The premise of a morality play for a rude yuppie is so old-fashioned, it's almost quaint. Unfortunately, there's only so far for the idea to go, and the movie becomes very contrived just to last 81 minutes. It also has a needless twist at the end, perhaps a little wink to modern cinema. Schumacher insists on cranking up the tension so much in every scene that it's easy not to notice how well his style sometimes works.

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