Movie: The Phonebooth...


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Zedicus
August 21, 2003, 04:26 PM
Good movie, but comes at a very touchy time for those who like the socaled "Sniper" type of Rifle.
and also bad for the (in my openion) unlawfull AWB and Class 3 Restriciveness..

So, what are your thoughts?

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Mark Tyson
August 21, 2003, 04:32 PM
Can you describe the movie a little for those of us who haven't seen it?

KpEng16
August 21, 2003, 04:34 PM
I thought the movie was pretty cheesy. All those cops and nobody could figure out that he wasn't the shooter? Did the BG ever say what kind of a rifle he was using? Plus the combo of the optical scope and the red dot laser seemed more for show than actual effectivness if he didnt want the cops to know where he was sniping from. just my $.02

spacemanspiff
August 21, 2003, 04:36 PM
guy answers a phone call in a phone booth and talks to a crazy man for an hour or so.

rifle was equipped with scope and laser. didnt know lasers were that visible in daylight. also didnt know the lasers dot stays the same shape at long distances. thought it spread out.
rifles action is cycled many times to add 'suspense'.

outfieldjack
August 21, 2003, 04:42 PM
It was ok, but my wife got tired of me going "that would never happen, etc..."

There was a point where you could hear him chamber a round (he had a bolt-action rifle) and then fire..... other times he would fire 2-3 times without working the bolt.....

Oh well..... it is what it is..... Hollywood.

Baba Louie
August 21, 2003, 04:44 PM
So, what are your thoughts?

Hollywood; food for the braindead, for the most part. I'm sure that certain groups in and around the DC beltway could make some mileage from things such as this but... would they be taken seriously by those who can and do think things through? (don't answer that... I've met politicians who just might)

But it makes money and that's a good thing, sometimes, for someone.

Adios

JShirley
August 21, 2003, 04:56 PM
I really like movies. I see a lot of movies, and I think Colin Farell is a good actor but the premise of this movie is so stupid, I couldn't bring myself to go.

Aleko
August 21, 2003, 05:02 PM
What caught my attention was the part where BG said he was using hollow point bullets, and they "defragment" (I can't remember the exact word he used) so much on the impact that Police forensics would not be able to tell whether bullet that killed that pimp came from a rifle, or a 9mm Glock he stashed in the phone booth. :confused: :rolleyes:

HBK
August 21, 2003, 05:02 PM
It looked kinda stupid to me too. I didn't even rent it.

rick newland
August 21, 2003, 05:07 PM
A cheesy movie copied from another cheesy movie Liberty Stands Still.

OF
August 21, 2003, 05:44 PM
Speaking of bad movies. Saw 'The Hunted' last night. Ouch.

- Gabe

Nightcrawler
August 21, 2003, 06:34 PM
The Hunted...yikes...easily dethroned "3000 Miles to Graceland" as the stupidest mainstream, big-budget movie I've ever seen. (I had to specify mainstream and big budget, as its stupidity still doesn't hold a candle to the likes of "Manos, the Hands of Fate" and "The Wild Wild World of Batwoman").

CWL
August 21, 2003, 06:37 PM
Phonebooth was just plain stupid. (Forced to go see it by SO, but couldn't wait to leave.) So many ways guy in booth could have escaped, notified cops he wasn't the BG, he didn't have to touch the gun, etc...

The Hunted was another snoozer, had hoped it would be entertaining in a Rambo-esque way, but it wasn't. Slow and boring. Skills and tactics used in movie are real, until he forged a survival/combat knife in one hour with no tools...

Skunkabilly
August 21, 2003, 06:38 PM
The Hunted was pretty crappy. Parts of it were cool, as a movie, I didn't like it.

Phonebooth wasn't a bad movie. OK it wasn't great, but at least it was different. To be fair, I don't think it mimicked (sp?) Liberty Stands Still as it's not trying to come off with some political agenda, nor did I see any over anti-gun messages.

The problem comes from people who can't distinguish reality from a stinking movie and vote accordingly. "But someone could do it for real!!"

bogie
August 21, 2003, 06:43 PM
At least 3000 Miles to Graceland had Elvis...

And if someone can make a knife from scratch in one hour, why not instead take the time to find a hollow log, fill it full of mixture of charcoal, sulfur and saltpetre, add a few rocks, and wait for the bad guy to walk in front of it?

JShirley
August 21, 2003, 06:45 PM
Hey! I liked 3000 Miles to Graceland! :)

Whatsa matter- you don't wanna play no more?

Okiecruffler
August 22, 2003, 12:36 AM
I think Phone Booth would have made a neat little 30 minute movie, but it just wasn't interesting enough to stretch into a full length film. And FWIW, I liked 3000 miles to Graceland, of course, I also have Six-String Samari on VHS.

Justin
August 22, 2003, 02:39 AM
And if someone can make a knife from scratch in one hour, why not instead take the time to find a hollow log, fill it full of mixture of charcoal, sulfur and saltpetre, add a few rocks, and wait for the bad guy to walk in front of it?Oh c'mon. Everyone knows you can only do that in the future. ;)

And FWIW, I liked 3000 miles to Graceland, of course, I also have Six-String Samari on VHS. "Flutter away, little butterfly. Just flutter away."

That was a great cheesball flick. Buddy Holly as a Samurai. :cool:

Okiecruffler
August 22, 2003, 02:51 AM
because I was sure no one but me had ever seen it. Then you come along and quote the silly thing. Oh well, needed something to watch tonight anyway.

Nightcrawler
August 22, 2003, 05:12 AM
Def Con Owl Traps: Kills owls dead.

In the future.

mattd
August 22, 2003, 08:20 AM
I seen Liberty Stands Still and it is to funny.

pittspilot
August 22, 2003, 01:50 PM
Here's a question.

1) The whole time, I thought that I would have bolted, since a moving dodging target is difficult to hit (Could also be my perception since I am not a great rifleman). Say begin the movement when you hear him cycle the action, and run and juke like crazy.

Is this thought completely irrational?

vi9er
August 22, 2003, 01:51 PM
Def Con Owl Tarp: Keeps Owls Dry

Skunkabilly
August 22, 2003, 02:07 PM
I liked Top Secret :D

WheelMan
August 22, 2003, 05:10 PM
I like (and own) 3000 miles to graceland simply because it has a 60's lincoln contenintal (the coolest convaynce ever), a 59 caddy, and a late 80's Caprice (my personal transportation). Oooh, and the Pythmoth Fury Hi-Po Crusier. I also liked the troopers six-shooter (They must have taken the pawl out to get it to spin like that).

2nd Amendment
August 22, 2003, 05:26 PM
Oh c'mon. Everyone knows you can only do that in the future.

The future is the only place you're likely to encounter a lizard like that.

cool45auto
August 23, 2003, 06:24 PM
I like the part where the shooter describes the exit wound from his rifle looking like a grapefruit or something but when he shoots the pimp you don't even see an entry wound much less a huge exit wound!:rolleyes:

lexical closure
August 23, 2003, 06:29 PM
The disembodied voice over the phone sounded too much like the movie trailer guy to me.

The whole damn movie was like one big trailer...

Scary. :)

modifiedbrowning
August 25, 2003, 09:17 PM
Awful, Awful! Not as bad as Liberty Stands Still, though. I like 3000 Miles to Graceland.

cool45auto
August 25, 2003, 10:14 PM
Oh yeah, in 3000 miles to Graceland I love the scene where the black Elvis is shooting the 93R in the casino. Man, I want one of those sooo bad.

IRONFIST
August 25, 2003, 10:58 PM
I LOVE "Six String Samurai"! I found that movie on cable awhile back and it had a really great looking style. Crazy funk-punk, rockabilly soundtrack and the head dead, bad guy looked like Slash from Guns n' Roses with his skin off. I even liked the annoying little kid, after while. I think I'm gonna have to rent it again...


Michael in Sandy, Oregon/Owner of IronWolf Industries

MagKnightX
August 26, 2003, 01:03 AM
What caught my attention was the part where BG said he was using hollow point bullets, and they "defragment" (I can't remember the exact word he used) so much on the impact that Police forensics would not be able to tell whether bullet that killed that pimp came from a rifle, or a 9mm Glock he stashed in the phone booth

Well, to be fair, he could have been using a rifle in 9x56 Mannlicher-Schoenauer. With hollowpoints. Maybe.

I haven't seen the movie, but maybe I ought to. It seems to me, though, that it went pretty much straight to video after finishing its theater run, which is not typically a good sign.

Mike Irwin
August 26, 2003, 01:38 AM
When was the last time you actually saw a real, live phone booth anywhere, especially in a big city?

They were all taken out many years ago.

HarryB
August 26, 2003, 11:35 AM
When was the last time you actually saw a real, live phone booth anywhere, especially in a big city?

That was played up in the beginning of the movie. This was the last booth left in NYC and it was due to be removed the next day.


Aside from the gun related shortcomings, I enjoyed the movie very much. I believe the script had been sat on for decades and was even pitched to Hitchcock. The movie was made with a very Hitchcock like style.

seeker_two
August 26, 2003, 12:00 PM
Saw "THE HUNTED" this weekend for the first time. Interesting film. They actually got a few things right...

1. If you're stabbed w/ something, LEAVE IT IN. Pulling it out makes it worse (Lady FBI remembered, TLJ didn't...:rolleyes: )

2. You CAN make a knife out of scrap metal. It just takes a little longer than BDT did it...

3. You CAN make a knife out of flint, and it will break when hit by a steel knife...

4. Johnny Cash ISN'T DEAD (for my wife's information)...

5. Pretty practical knife design. I may have to buy one... :D

6. Pretty practical knife-fighting information...

Everything else wasn't worth watching, but I'll probably buy the DVD anyway...:banghead:

MagKnightX
August 26, 2003, 02:26 PM
When was the last time you actually saw a real, live phone booth anywhere, especially in a big city?

Our local college has several in the student union. Yes, actually in the building. Same with the Smithsonian National Museum of Art, West wing, I believe.

Arcli9ht
August 26, 2003, 06:07 PM
What I don't understand about that movie, and what i would have done, is after he shoots the first person, and you know he is serious, say "I bet you won't shoot someone else." or something to that effect.

Goad him in to taking another shot, and then in the most erratic way possible, jump/skip/duck/run/roll around the corner and in to a building before the police even get there and stupidly accuse you of shooting anyone.

Its got to take him some time to chamber a new round and reaquire you as a target. Plus hitting an erratically moving target is difficult. I'd rather run and risk it than drag the movie on for another hour... :p

/Arcli9ht

veloce851
August 26, 2003, 07:49 PM
This was a movie I was proud to have downloaded for free. It would have been a complete waste of money.

Now the concept.. guy targets bad people in an effort to cleanse society has some potencial... but it should be more along the lines of several character in Enemies Foreign and Domestic :)

It was full of half truths, some out right lies, and just utter sheeple feeding blather.

But hey.. what do you expect from hollyweird?

Bruce in West Oz
August 31, 2003, 08:46 AM
Abso-bloody-lutely pathetic. I'm soory, but the "click-clack" of the action, several times in a row, without him firing, eventually got to me.

When the cops were there, the victim could have thrown himself out of the booth and behind a car any time.

A shot from 4-storeys (?) up, at an angle, through a glass window, that just "nicks" the good guy's ear?? Give me a break!

And talk, talk, talk ... I actually fell asleep at one point!

Thank heavens I didn't pay to see it!

ChickenHawk
August 31, 2003, 01:48 PM
Boring, boring, boring.
Ridiculously stupid.

This movie has absolutely nothing worthwhile. Even the action scenes are so over the top (as in "that could never happen") that they aren't enjoyable.

pablo04092
September 1, 2003, 09:26 PM
Phonebooth has to be one of the worst movies I have ever rented. The biggest problem was the lack of different scenery. I got bored listening to the dialogue and looking at the phonebooth. I think it could have been more interesting if they had tried a little variety.

Just my $.02

CWL
September 1, 2003, 09:44 PM
pablo,

You must've had some expectation about plot & location when seeing a movie titled "Phonebooth"? ;)

Aleko
September 1, 2003, 09:44 PM
Well, to be fair, he could have been using a rifle in 9x56 Mannlicher-Schoenauer. With hollowpoints. Maybe. Even if he did, I would think/hope they should be able to tell the difference between it and 9x19 out of Glock, by penetration depth, entry angle, exit would (maybe), etc.

pablo04092
September 1, 2003, 09:52 PM
CWL, o.k., I admit, I was expecting a plot based around a phonebooth, I just didn't expect the whole movie to take place there.

That gives me an idea for my OWN movie. Maybe called "Parking Garage".

:D :D :D

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