81 Min | Mystery – Thriller | September 2002
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker
Phone Booth Review: In Phone Booth, Mr. Schumacher presents us with a New York PR man, who is one of the lowest forms of vermin that populate and manipulate the media. He is ruthless. This is a man with no scruples at all, he is in for a rude awakening! This guy is in for the surprise of his life when he is caught in a phone booth, probably the last one standing in the streets of Manhattan! Of course, this is an allegory, perhaps his descent into hell. This man must think he is the king of the New York newspaper gossip column where he rules over the lives of other people. He is played brilliantly by Colin Farrell. All comes to a head when this character is threatened by an unknown voice on the phone that knows his very move.
Is God taking revenge on this scum bag? Could that voice on the other side of the wire be his conscience calling him to a reckoning? Colin Farrell stars in this great thriller as Stu Sheperd, a New York publicist, who answers the phone in a phone booth and is told that if he hangs up then he will be shot. Stu slowly realises how dangerous the man calling is as proof of the sniper is shown and Stu begins to fear for his life. Phone Booth is a gripping thriller that will keep you hooked till the very end. It has great acting by Colin Farrell and Kiefer Sutherland. It is also very well written and is will keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole movie.
Basically, the whole film is Colin Farrell coming to terms with his arrogance and being put down in his place by an unknown force, much too clever for him, or the police. The film has such an ironic twist that just when we thought we had solved the puzzle, we realize how wrong we were. Mr. Schumacher has directed with a sure hand and keeps Phone Booth to a frantic pace.