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low budget sleeper thrills
on 15 August 2007
This is quite a well paced taut thriller and not at all rubbish as the previous reviewers would have you believe.
Certainly it has it's flaws and could be compared to Phonebooth in many ways (although I think it was made around the same time) but it held my attention for 90 minutes no problem.
Compared to an overblown and overrated movie like Speed which had a similar 'bomb will go off if...' theme and taking budget into consideration it's a masterpiece of economy.
Linda Fiorentino and Oliver Platt are very versatile actors and convince in their respective roles and even Snipes is restrained here from going over the top.
The biggest problem I found was the annoying constantly pounding music
which was totally unsuited to the mood of the film. (I actually preferred viewing the film a second time listening to the film makers commentary) This alone stops me giving the film 4 stars.
The DVD video and audio is of a high quality and looks very 'cinematic' on a suitably large plasma screen. This combined with an interesting commentary track make this well worth picking up for the paltry sum of a couple of pounds.