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Liberty Stands Still

2002

R CC
3.5 out of 5 stars (84) IMDb 5.8/10

A gunman ties up an actor and locks him in his dressing room just before a performance. He also puts a bomb with a 90-minute timer next to the actor. Over the next 90 minutes, the story unfolds: as a result of his daughter's death, the gunman wants a public debate on the Second Amendment.

Starring:
Tanya Allen, Hart Bochner
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Kari Skogland
Starring Tanya Allen, Hart Bochner
Supporting actors Fulvio Cecere, Gregory Calpakis, Terry Chen, Garvin Cross, Roger Cross, Martin Cummins, Keith Dallas, Linda Fiorentino, Marrett Green, Darcy Laurie, David Lewis, Robert Lewis, Brian Markinson, Suzette Meyers, Chiara Ohoven, Steve Pascal, Oliver Platt, Shawn Reis
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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While Linda Fiorentino does a wonderful job starring as a hostage chained to a hot dog stand in the park of a crowded city and Wesley Snipes is probably even better as a sniper because he's out for revenge after his daughter was shot and murdered by a gun produced by Linda's husband, this film sure has its share of uninteresting moments. Instead of being suspenseful or thrilling which is what the film is supposed to be given the description and what it's advertised as, instead Linda and Wesley's characters spend most of their time having in-depth rational and intelligent conversations concerning the second amendment and gun laws which leads to a few unintentionally funny moments.

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.
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Warning***Some spoilers below

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.
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This is a good movie but it's a bit of a different role for Wesley Snipes. It starts out a little slow but it does pick up. Liberty Stands Still has a good story line but the ending is sad. We just happen to be avid fans and like all of Mr. Snipes movies!!
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I found the story line to hard to follow and the ending made no sense. I felt I wasted my time watching this movie. It did have some very interesting point but just not believable. It seems to be a take on the phone booth.
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I didn't see in the info when ordering, that this was coming from the UK. And I didn't notice the "region" warning. I've never heard of that. Of course I can't play the DVD, so it is useless to me. Zoverstock will reimburse me, however, I have to pay shipping. I'll check it out, but if it is more than my initial cost, I won't return it. I'll just toss it. I'll now know to read for "region" warnings.
I wondered why it took nearly a month to receive it.
Thanks anyway.
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This film was slow and misguided. Although I must admit it's a wonderful piece of propoganda for those who choose not to use thier minds. Problems with this film stem from too many worthless characters which detract from the story along with some poor acting and script. Not to mention placing blame on everyone but the person responsible for shooting his daughter. Though I agree weapons manufacturers and owners should do more to keep guns out of the hands of children and criminals. The question remains the same. Would it make any difference when you have a Government who trades weapons for drugs, then sells those drugs to thugs who then sell them to their people. Not to mention arming nations who are so called allies but, actually hate everything America stands for. Who then turn around and use these weapons on their own people and for acts of terror " Iraq - armed during the Iran Iraq war. Afghanistan and Pakistan armed and trained during Russias attempt to take Afghanastan." Both of which we've been to war with now. Not to mention 80% of the worlds heroin is coming from afghanistan now and was illegal under the taliban. Guess we know why we really went to war in Afghanistan now dont we. Oh you still believe the people you elect are looking out for our best interest and I guess if you are a terrorist, drug dealer or addict you are correct. If you are none of those then I suggest you fight for your right to free speech and your right to bear arms. You may not have to defend yourself from wild beasts or frontier killers anymore. However the threat of tyrany never subsides. All governments seek control of their people even when they are on a different continent as proven in our own history. This will never change and that is why the founders put it in the constitution.Read more ›
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