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As technology advances, countless classic films, cult favorites and underrated gems become obsolete, but the best examples never lose their impact. 20 years may have passed and the core premise wouldn’t make sense in a modern context, but Joel Schumacher is breathless phone booth continues to induce nail-biting anxiety.
The plot is so simple and sky-high that it borders on the ingenious. Colin Farrell’s arrogant publicist hears a phone ringing in an empty booth, so he decides to answer it. However, as he quickly finds out, that was the plan all along – and there’s a sniper with a target aimed squarely at his head.
The demands of the mysterious would-be killer are simple; He must face his sins and confess his misdeeds as the police surround the booth after the bodies fall, but he is killed when he hangs up the phone. Fueled by a phenomenal performance by Colin Farrell, the film delivers a brief 81 minutes of unrelenting intensity, and it still holds up today, though the central conceit is largely irrelevant in the smartphone era.
Two decades have passed since then phone booth premiered and was immediately hailed as a hit, and that’s exactly what happened after it grossed a stellar $98 million at the box office on a frugal $13 million budget. Just because it’s essentially a B-tier thriller with an A-list creative team and Hollywood production values doesn’t mean it should be overlooked — something mustn’t happen, according to Reddit.
Even someone who’s never set foot in a phone booth will get a kick out of a vibrant, claustrophobic mix of puzzles, procedures, and terrifying investigation of humanity that has aged immaculately in every way, with the ironic exception of its setting.
https://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/an-intensely-claustrophobic-thriller-that-couldnt-exist-today-continues-to-induce-nerve-shredding-anxiety/ A heart-pounding thriller that might not exist today continues to inspire dread