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Phone Booth starts out a little slow, but just stay with it and you'll find out what could have been a one-location bore turns out a huge, tense movie by catching you in a vise grip of trickery that is well executed and exciting.

It's a cagey fun film full of juicy performances. You don't fear for the characters as much as you feel the pressure of the situation, and feel the pressure you will.

Colin Ferrell plays a full range of emotions in this claustrophobic tale of revenge with a faceless antagonist (played with demonic glee by Kiefer Sutherland).

But it's the constant changing storyline that carries the film, with more twists than a Slinky and enough plotholes to fill the Albert Hall.

Can an entire suspense film take place in a phone booth? Well, thanks to a great director and tight editing, yes and quite well.

The movie is essentially one long scene, and is largely a one-man show.

It begins like a joke, and ends up a nightmare. The star stands in a phone booth sweating, smoking, and squawking out four-letter words for about 80 minutes.

I didn't like the main character; (in the end) he remains a frantic, one-note hustler who gets no more interesting to watch, as he unravels.

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