This film stands on it's own whether you're just a general thriller fan or if you're a huge Johnny Depp fan.
The "real-time" aspect is really pushed by the makers of this film but you don't even notice it or think about it when you're watching the film - whether that's intentional or not is another matter !
The premise of the story is in another review so I won't add to that, but I will say it's the type of film where you really want to jump into your TV screen and help out Depp's character as almost right to the end of the film you just cannot think of any possible solution to his plight.
Any intelligent film fan KNOWS he'll resolve the situation (they always do!!!), but the film gets extremely tense as you convince yourself he won't get out of what he has to do.
Special praise for Christopher Walken, he really does make a fantastic baddy on this film and you feel like he is agrravating you as the viewer, not just Depp in the film.
Depp is also excellent, I'm a fan of his stranger works and wasn't sure how he'd fare in a more straight-laced role but it's a testament to his acting abilities that he is totally believable.
This is an almost unheard of film and one I have never seen broadcast on TV, I'm not even sure how it fared on the cinema.
Do yourself a favour and buy this - then be content in the knowledge that you've got yourself a gem that has been completely missed by the public en masse. It's not as if you can even argue with the price either.