YOUR LIFE IS ON THE LINE.
New York PR man Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), who lies for a living, finds himself trapped in the city’s last phone booth, talking to a killer who’s determined to make him repent. An experimental thriller from a director who tried to change the direction of his career in the early years of the 21st century. Kiefer Sutherland should appreciate the format; the story plays out in real time, just like in 24. We need that little extra something because the scenario is far from convincing. The movie nevertheless has an appropriately short running time, holds one’s attention and Farrell is gripping.
2003-U.S. 80 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Joel Schumacher. Screenplay: Larry Cohen. Cast: Colin Farrell (Stu Shepard), Kiefer Sutherland (The Caller), Forest Whitaker (Ed Ramey), Radha Mitchell, Katie Holmes, Richard T. Jones. Cameo: Ben Foster.
Trivia: Cohen allegedly once pitched the idea of a man trapped in a phone booth to Alfred Hitchcock. Jim Carrey was allegedly considered for the part of Stu; Michael Bay for directing duties.