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Imagine that you get a phone call at a pay phone, telling you that if you hang up, you'll die. Now imagine that the caller knows your darkest secret. Imagine that, and you have the concept behind Colin Farrell's latest blockbuster, "Phone Booth."
This concept is one that has the potential to be done poorly, but director Joel Schumacher (yeah, the same guy who did "Batman and Robin," believe it or not) manages to execute it well. Of course, his direction is complemented by solid performances from Farrell and Forest ("Twilight Zone") Whitaker. Katie Holmes and Kieffer Sutherland also star.
The real treat of this film is watching Stu's (Farrell) breakdown as the mysterious caller lays bare all of his secrets and forces him to confront them. It's also interesting to watch how quickly the situation escalates, from two hookers trying to get Stu out of the booth, to a full-fledged media circus.
As stated before, the film's concept had the potential to be handled poorly, but comes off quite well. A combination of solid directing and performances save it, and in the process make a chilling psychological thriller.
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