8MM (1999) [English (MPEG Layer III, 111 kBit/s, 44 kHz, Stereo)]
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Length: 2h 3m 0s
Director: Joel Schumacher
Tagline: You can't prepare for where the truth will take you.
Plot outline: A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage) down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max (Joaquin Phoenix), Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife (Catherine Keener), family and simple life as a small-town private eye. Summary written by Columbia Pictures Tom Welles, private eye, is hired by a wealthy widow, whose well-known husband passed away recently. She has found a reel of S8-film in a safe. On the film is a cruel slaughtering of a young girl, who obviously does not pretend or act: A snuff-movie. Welles takes up investigation, which leads him to the girl's mother and from there to Hollywood, into the office of a porn flick producer. Welles' rising obsession to solve the case also carries him away from his wife and new-born daughter. But when finally names are at hand, Welles suddenly finds himself on ice much thinner than he planned. Summary written by Julian Reischl {julian.reischl@stud.uni-muenchen.de}
Comment: Spoilers herein. You already know that the director here lacks vision. You already know that Cage is a fundamentally limited actor. If you watched this already, you know that the passion this project demands is wholly lacking. None of that is even interesting any more. What is interesting is the intended point of the film and how it reflects on this failure. The story is about the film industry, one which makes highly successful films that the public demands. There is an area of this industry that produces films intended to give the appearance of breaking reality, so that you see something shocking and strongly suspect it is not an illusion. I got that feeling with `Breaking the Waves,' where one character's abandon seemed to coincide with that of the actress. For some reason, a large part of the public wants guarantees that their actors experience similar dramas to that portrayed on screen, and in fact what drives the business today is the focus on celebrity and less on the film. Back to the story: some rich fellow wants a guarantee that one film at least is true. The illusion of a death must be a real death. A viewer is asked to determine whether this is true. The film, `8MM' is his voyage from the `real' world into the world of the film, and by degrees how he changes. Now this stuff works when the people involved aren't second-raters. It worked in `Seven,' the notion there being a character in the story writes the story. there have been dozens of similar projects recently. But this doesn't work as intended -- or at least as written. But something similar does work. Cage is so hapless an actor, so unself-aware that he falls into mannerisms akin to porno actors. Simply being there in body, and walking through the motions but without emotional engagement because most viewers won't even know the difference. Ted's Rating: 1 of 4: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Country: USA
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Actors:
Nicolas CageasTom Welles
Joaquin PhoenixasMax California
James GandolfiniasEddie Poole
Peter StormareasDino Velvet