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Shawn S (de) wrote: I want to start with a disclaimer before we get into things. "Sympathy" is not going to be for all audiences. It is a very low budget movie, and it shows. If you're looking for a glossy Hollywood thriller, with cookie cutter characters, and a nauseatingly happy ending, you're going to want to put this one back on the shelf. If your trousers become a little shorter at the thought of discovering an unnoticed masterpiece amongst the plethora of blah, you might want to pay attention. "Sympathy," in it's entirety, takes place in one hotel room. After a bank robbery that we're not witnessed to, Trip (played by Steven Pritchard) has taken Sara (played by Marina Shtelen) hostage. Trip cuffs Sara to the bed while he maps out a path to Canada, where he intends to catch a plane. After a quick trip out, trip returns to an unexpected visitor, and so the insanity begins. I have to say, even though it's fairly obvious that the film was made on a near nonexistent budget, I enjoyed the look that they accomplished. Sure, it looks cheap, but it looks grainy, and it manages to feel like the exploitation flicks that it's partially paying homage to. If you had asked me about the acting fifteen minutes into the movie, I would have told you that it was just so-so. As the movie progresses, you get a sense for what they're aiming for, and the acting makes sense, and by the end, I was actually pretty impressed. For a cast and crew of virtual unknowns, it's quite an achievement. Particularly well in her role, was Marina Stelen as Sara. At first she's annoying, then the character grows on you, and by the end, you're completely sucked in by her performance. The camera work is nothing short of amazing. Even though they're limited to one hole-in-the-wall hotel room, they manage to capture the madness from every conceivable angle, and more. One particularly appealing technique on display here is the split screen, made famous by the television series 24, only instead of showing you what two separate people are doing at the same time, we're treated with multiple angles of the same scene. Multiple angles of struggling, squirming, and bleeding. It's something that wasn't necessary to advance the story, but serves extremely well at leaving a lasting impression. "Sympathy" is the perfect blend of a Hitchcockian thriller, and a straight up exploitation film. It does a perfect job at keeping you guessing, while serving up a few moments of pure splatter. If this is what first time director Andrew Moorman was going for, he's definitely hit his mark. Sympathy, as you can tell by the title of this review, is a film from 2007, but it didn't get picked up for distribution until this year. Thankfully, Vicious Circle, and Breaking Glass Pictures took a chance on this one, otherwise it might have never seen the light of day. Eight severed thumbs out of 10!
Ryan B (fr) wrote: i am a big fan of zombie movies adn this movie was just way too hard to watch. this movie was very ameutar and was very low budget. i tried skipping around and trying to get into it but the way the movie was filmed and acted out was just too bad to watch. the wierd camera angles and the way they did the picture also did not help the movie out too much. its not too often i stop movies because they are too bad to watch..
Juls XD H (ag) wrote: an original script with great charaters ! it's so funny and so entertaining
Andrew B (ca) wrote: This is one of the worst movies ever made. I don't take that lightly either. It fails on both a Christian and secular level. And who the fuck does Michael York think he's kidding?
Clint S (br) wrote: The dated, over-the-top aspects eventually dissipate, leaving something which is... Quite decent.Phone Booth tells the story of a PR man (Colin Farrell), who is made to confront the his bravado, by an anonymous, seemingly all-knowing phone booth caller (Keifer Sutherland). Short and snappy, the film offers a so-so, predictable plot, but has a great cast that keeps the film from failing. It ends just when it should and never gets boring. You could describe it as thrilling. Which is good... Considering this is a thriller.To delve deeper. From the start, this film is dated. It isn't that old, but it does feel like a product of its time, and that isn't just because it is set in a phone box either. Something about the over-the-top thrill of this film, makes me know that this is a film. I want to be put inside a thriller. A film will lose me if it makes itself clear that it is a film. That isn't great for a thriller. The story of this film is also an issue. Not that it is awful, but it isn't new. It follows the model of any other typical thriller. It never quite tricks you. However, this one is more about Farrell's character and his understanding of his own issues. Which is interesting, rather than being thrilling. There is a part in all of us (especially the British), that wants those type of posers to finally recognize themselves. I think what makes that good is the fact that Farrell plays the degradation so well, rather than plot-lines. It wants to be intelligent, but isn't. Yet, it is interesting and thrilling. That's what matters in the end.As previously mentioned, Colin Farrell stars. I admit that at first, all I could do was concentrate on Farrell's acquired accent for this film. His character almost becomes Irish, but he just holds it together, and eventually you're engrossed in his character and the film as a whole. Sutherland plays the phone box caller. A vigilante on those personality traits that really get on the nerves of ordinary people. He completes a great performance with more-or-less just his voice. This does contribute a lot to the over-the-top thriller feel of the film. A deep, dark voice echoing through the telephone adds to, yet subtracts in an odd way. On one hand you have it being menacing, and on the other, you have it being cliched and too much. It rides an ever so thin line to becoming too much, but I would side with it adding more to the thrill of the film, in the end. So, Farrell and Sutherland have it almost on lock. Sprinkle in Forest Whitaker as a policeman in the middle, not quite understanding the whole situation, and you have a great triple-set of performances.It really is the performances, that keep this film from slipping into lackluster territory. This is a good, solid film and is well worth a watch. Ignore the slightly out of date feel of this one and you should be fine. Don't be going to watch this thinking this will be some heavily intriguing thriller though. It isn't. Look at this one as typical, and you will enjoy yourself. Its pitfalls are well covered by the actors, equaling to a very-enjoyable film.
Stevo T (nl) wrote: One of the best movies of all time. Watch it with the sound cranked up to the max.
Jeff B (gb) wrote: Journey fans can't miss this one. Fascinating story of Arnel Pineda, dead-ringer vocally for Steve Perry (and perhaps even better), who gets plucked out of hopeless poverty in the Phillippines to become the lead singer of Journey. Remarkable as that is, Pineda manages to stay grounded and keep a perspective that is rare, especially in the drugs, sex and rock-and-roll world.
Michael M (it) wrote: Aside from the hot naked witches in the beginning (yes that's Diane Court from "Say Anything") and the very end of Tarantino's scene, this movie is just about unwatchable. Which explains why I'd forgotten all about it.
Muffin M (br) wrote: For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers... permanently. There's only one problem: even the best-laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them. also stars Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland and Julie Bowen.directed by Seth Gordon.
Kevin R (kr) wrote: Diamonds are a girl's best friend.Dorothy Shaw and Lorelei Lee are down on their luck singers. They are hired as entertainers on a train traveling to Paris. The train has an assortment of guests, many of which capture the girl's attention. Will the girls finally find a chance at happiness rather than just scraping by?"You must think I was born yesterday.""Sometimes there's no possible other explanation."Howard Hawks, director of The Big Sleep, His Girl Friday, Rio Bravo, Bringing up Baby, Monkey Business, Scarface (1932), Hatari, and I was a Male War Bride, delivers Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The storyline for this picture was fairly week and seemed like an excuse to showcase Monroe. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, and Marcel Dalio. "You'll find that I mean business.""Really? Then why are you wearing that hat?"This is a movie I came across on Netflix and immediately added to my wish list. I was a little disappointed in this film as it wasn't that dramatic or heartfelt. I felt it was just an excuse to market Marilyn. Overall, this is a must see classic film to see Marilyn, but isn't one of the all time classics by a long shot. "Men are the same way everywhere."Grade: C+