Director: Joel Schumacher
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating: R
Epic Co-stars: Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Carl Hungus, Catherine KeenerRunning Time: 123 mins
Cage Time: 99%
Cage Kills: 2
Cage Flip-outs: 5
Group Review: When sitting down to watch 8MM I thought, "Isn't Joel Schumacher a good director?" I looked on IMDB and saw such gems as "St Elmo's Fire" and "Batman Forever" on his resume, which was encouraging... and then I saw "Trespass." So... that doesn't bode well. I guess 8MM could go either way...
Tom Welles (Cage), a private investigator, is summoned to the home of a wealthy widow. The widow reveals to Cage that after the death of her husband, a prominent member of the community, she found among his things an 8mm film of the rape and murder of a young girl. She asks him to investigate the legitimacy of this film and the people involved in its creation. Posing as a federal agent, Cage discovers the identity of the girl, a runaway, and meets her mother, who says that no matter what, she needs to know the truth about what happened to her daughter. Dun-dun-DUNNNN.
Although I stated earlier that this movie could go either way, it really didn't. While it was nowhere near the total swill that is Trespass, it was also nothing that will be getting unanimously positive reviews on this blog. The ending does bring some decent suspense and there are some "scary" characters, but most of the time I just felt like it was taking a bit too long to get to where ever the hell this movie was going. This feeling wasn't helped by the fact that a scene that would normally come at the end came in the middle, which made the remainder of the movie "drag ass".
Cage's acting was on point with the general style of the movie. Pretty middle of the road; nothing worth the praise of an academy award or worth the self loathing he must have had after his initial viewing of Ghost Rider. Some of his high points include delivering all of his lines like a man who's had the blood drained out of him and being the worlds worst deliverer of bad news over the phone. Everyone he makes a phone call to ends up sobbing on the floor. In the end I only came away with two things: Never use the word "snuff" when talking to Latino porn lords and that there is a dark side of George Costanza that we never saw on Seinfeld. Use that information however you see fit.
|This picture is quite possibly the best thing to come out of this film.|
|Nic Cage almost vomits when initially viewing the film. It serves as a nice reminder of a time before the internet when people could still be shocked or offended by stuff.|
|The look of a truly passionate swordsman. Little know Cage fact: This scene single handedly landed his role in Season of the Witch.|
- "Wait, so we're watching a Nic Cage film??" -Martine
- "Why is every word that comes out of Nicolas Cage's mouse so... goddamn... amazing?" -James
- "His wife is bullshit." -James
- "Is that painting a picture of Jon Voight?" -Geoff
- Nic Cage: "Mrs. Christian." Nathan (sings): "Sister Christian..."
- Nathan: "There's no lights in this movie." Skyler: "That's why it's a dark comedy."
- "I'd hate to see you caught in one of those every day situations that calls for a battery-operated vagina, and you don't have one." -Joaquin Phoenix
- "Hey! It's like a gas station, you pay before you pump." -JP
- "There's things that you're gonna see that you can't un-see. They'll stick in your brain." -JP
- "That's great. Snuff 2: The Resurrection." -JP
- "What if it's not the right guy? He's like, 'Hey, you know how you got stabbed? Now I'm going to kick the shit out of you.'" -Shauna
- "You dance with the devil, the devil doesn't change. The devil changes you." -JP
- "George Costanza!" - Martine
- Why did he need to go out of town to investigate this? If he didn't know anything about the film, how would he know where to look for the girl?
- Man has two sons named Warren.
- What humans talk this way?
- It's dark all the time in Hollywood.
- Cage loiters aimlessly in back yards looking like a real creeper and nobody seems to care.