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Don't waste your time,
This review is from: 8mm [DVD]  (DVD)
I can't believe I've seen this film twice and I had forgotten how pointless and benign it was. If it's classified as a thriller, forget it - there are no thrills. A mystery? Well, I suppose so but the biggest mystery is why anyone would give this a 5-star rating. As for drama and characterisation, this is where it really falls flat on its face.
After a promising start, with Cage giving a possibly deliberately wooden performance as a straight-down-the-line, highly respected private investigator, he's given the task of finding out if a girl apparently slashed to death in a snuff film is in fact still alive; his employer is a very wealthy woman whose late husband left the film in his safe before he died. The widow hopes it's a fake, that the girl is acting.
Cage's character is married with a recently-born baby and throughout the film he is constantly phoning his wife up with messages of love or apologies for absence - but frankly this 'love interest' could have been left out completely as it has no real meaning in the context of the story. The meat and bones of this uninteresting movie is Cage's search through the seedy porn underworld of Los Angeles where he eventually meets the snuff film makers. Even James Gandolfini as one of the bad guys comes over as nothing but a heartless, soul-less low-life and not the loveable rogue we might have hoped for. Basically almost everyone dies except Cage and nobody cares, and his descent from the decent chap he is at the beginning to the assassin-on-a-mission-of-vengeance that he becomes by the end is utterly absurd and for the last half hour I was having trouble resisting the urge to put an end to the misery early, and get more kip. I stuck it out - but it wasn't worth it. Not sure if I can say 'complete crap' on here but I will. Cage and director Schumacher have done much, much better than this and if anything 8mm will be looked back on in years to come as the darkest hours of their careers.
Avoid, and I mean don't even watch it if it's free.