Stu (Colin Farrell) is a New York hustler publicist, married to Kelly (Radha Mitchell) but in hot pursuit of Manhattan waitress Pamela (Katie Holmes). To avoid Kelly discovering his illicit calls via mobile phone bills to Pamela, he uses a phone booth on the corner of 53rd Street and 8th Avenue. When that phone rings and he answers it, he finds a man (Keifer Sutherland) on the other end who knows all about his secret would-be affair, and much else about his lying and conniving ways besides. What’s more, the mysterious stranger has a high power rifle aimed at Stu, to ensure that Stu will do as he is told – which is to confess his sins not only to his wife but the whole world, as the booth becomes the centre of a major police alert and attendant media circus, after one man is shot dead. And Stu seems the most likely suspect.
 

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Stuart finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist\'s sniper rifle.

Colin Farrell stars, and appears in just about every scene of this terse 81 minute movie, as Stu Shepard, a small-time publicist in New York, whom we meet striding along the street, juggling mobile phones as he goes. Shrugging off his voluntary assistant he makes his way to the only old-fashioned phone booth left in New York where he rings a would-be conquest, aspiring actress but current waitress Pamela, Katie Holmes. She is reluctant to meet. He shrugs, hangs up and then the phone rings. He answers. It?s an anonymous caller ? voiced by Kiefer Sutherland -who has the telescopic sights of a rifle trained on Stu from one of the many windows around, he seems to know everything about Stu?s life and he disapproves. This is one of those high concept movies that is marred by a lack of plausibility in the details. Stu goes to the phone booth so his wife ? played by Radha Mitchell ? won?t spot his call to a girlfriend on his phone bill. Yeah right, this is a guy that makes 50 million calls a day. And what does that say about her? He?s been targeted by the caller because of his lack of interpersonal morality. All of us should be a little shaky on that basis. He?s right up there with the caller?s previous victims, a paedophile and a corporate guy who sold out the day before stock crashed. The self-styled avenger has no compunction about killing innocent bystanders and yet he?s meant to be given validity. But on the plus side, Irish actor Colin Farrell convinces with yet another variation of an American accent and Schumacher manages to get a real New York texture to the film?s visuals, using split screen images to get us away from the phone booth. The film looks and feels more like an exercise in filmmaking than a fully realised work.