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The story is marginally interesting; I say marginally, for we later are to see much better "Phone Booth." Like Colin Farrell film, the protagonist Liberty Wallace (Linda Fiorentino) finds herself in a big trouble. Someone named 'Joe' (Snipes) aims a rifle at her while she is chained to a hotdog stand where an explosive device is set. And Liverty is a wife of a rich gun manufacturor (Oliver Platt), and Joe claims he lost his daughter because of the gun her company made.
The story, which starts promisingly, suddenly loses steam in the first fifteen minutes. And then, it's all about the confusing situations and paper-thin characters whom we just don't care. In terms of thriller, first of all, it is a total failure. See, if the guy Joe is really a good marksman as the film shows, why does he need a bomb in the first place? Unaccountably, the film introduces another 'bomb' rigged to the body of a poor fellow (who is supposedly having an affair with Liberty) which only detracts the tension of the main story.
The film rasies interesting questions such as, Is Liberty (or her husband) really responsible for the death of the people killed by guns? The director clearly leans on the left side, which in itself is no problem.Read more ›
This movie has good moments, and creates a surprising amount of intensity for a story that revolves around an individual literally standing still. However, the political statements related to gun accessibility are way over the top and so heavy handed that they become trite. After a short while I found myself focusing more on the inaccuracies and inconsistencies of the political arguments instead of the movie itself.
For example, the individual who is upset about the random murder of his daughter by a gunman thinks nothing about killing other people's children. Hmmm... Not a particularly good protagonist.
There is absolutely no counter balance to the story, and the characters become so stereotyped that they lose an real appeal. This is especially true of Liberty, who lacks any redeming quality. Further, nearly everyone in the story winds up dead, except for Liberty, who gets to walk off with her boyfriend after leaving her husband, who unnecessarily placed himself in danger to try to save her, dieing on the street. She didn't even give him a backward glance. I have to admit that by the end of the movie, she was the only character I really wanted to see die. Instead, she is the only one who lives. Go figure... (I think the director wanted us to think of the husband as the villain and Liberty as the hero, but I can't think of a single appealing characteristic of Liberty whereas the husband demonstrated bravery, motivation, and a willingness to sacrifice for others.)
Over all, the movie isn't worth the ride. The cinemaphotography is stylish and the concept is neat. However, the politics are just too dogmatic and poorly argued, and the characters are not compelling. It could have been a good movie, but it just didn't turn out that way.
Oh sure occasionally police officers, news reporters and even a little child demanding a hot dog appear and Linda even whispers "Bomb" or spells out the word "Help" in a hot dog bun to see if anyone gets the hint that a sniper is pointing a gun at her from the upper floor of a nearby building, but nobody ever understands. I guess such hints need to be even more blatant if possible! For whatever reason Wesley's character -despite knowing Linda's trying to reach out for help and even SCREAMS "There's a bomb!" for the entire block to hear- he doesn't care enough to retaliate. I mean that should have been Wesley's cue to shoot her brains out. Eventually however, the crowd dissolves and the two resume having a conversation about guns some more. What? And they spend a LOT of time on the subject too- about 80 minutes worth of time.
There are a few moments that were exciting such as whenever Wesley sniped a few guys in the distance who were aiming at Linda and her hot dog stand.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well what can I say? It was a movie that someone wanted to make by people who wanted to get paid. What other movies have Wesley Snipes, made and I hate to say it, but Linda... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was so poorly done, The script was just repeating itself over and over again. The scenes were basically the same. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was okay . . . I watched it mainly because Wesley Snipes is in it.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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