||March 21, 2003
||Quick-cut finish with title splash
||Eyebrow of power, assault rifles,
|"In a world where..."
||"But today, someone's
got his number..."
||5% (Katie Holmes)
Finding good, geeky trailers to review at this time of year is near
impossible. Hollywood is on hold until Memorial Day before they start
releasing anything remotely anticipated. Since Ben Affleck wasn't
releasing anything in the next few weeks we had to go with our other
Trailer Review favorite - Colin Farrell.
It's hard to believe that this guy has time to get anyone pregnant
between films. It seems he's on a Ron Jeremy pace (with the number
of ladies or films, you decide).
Farrell plays Stu whose occupation is quite ambiguous. He's either
a talent agent or a ticket scalper or a party planner or a combination
of all three. It is clear that he's quite a slimeball.
Then he gets a phone call at one of those anachronistic phone booths
that only appears in movies, the kind with clean, glass doors.
Thinking it might be an admirer, Stu answers it. Unfortunately for
Stu, the disembodied voice of Keifer Sutherland explains that a high-powered
rifle is currently being aimed at him..
Stu thinks he's bluffing, so the sniper shoots somebody on the street
to disabuse him of that notion. Strangely, people think that weaponless
Stu on the phone shot this guy.
A beacon of hope for this awful trailer arrives in the form of Forest
Whitaker. Unfortunately, his appearance is too brief to save this
how I felt
watching this trailer.
On a technical note, the Sutherland voice is awkward. It doesn't
sound like it's coming through the phone. It sounds like a voiceover
which gives the trailer an odd feeling.
In addition to representing unconvincing white gangsta' rappers,
Stu has also been cheating on his wife. He's such a slime that he
didn't even tell his mistress (Katie Holmes) that he's married. "Kelly-Pam
One bright moment of the trailer is in an exchange between Stu and
Sutherland: "You're in this position because you're not telling
the truth," says the sniper Sutherland. Stu replies with the
witticism, "I'm in this place because you've got a gun."
Moral of the story: Never answer a pay phone if it rings -- especially
if you've just given somebody four tickets to see Britney Spears.
Conclusion on Trailer: Skip the first 40 seconds. After a
slow start the trailer gets interesting, but nothing spectacular.
Does a good job of teasing without revealing too much though I think
that's because it doesn't have much to reveal. A couple of awkward
cuts, and bad acting spots make this one a pass.
Conclusion on Movie: This one has all the traits of a run-of-the-mill
concept thriller. I'm usually a sucker for films like this, but this
one doesn't have much more to offer than the concept.
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