Thursday, July 23, 2009

8MM (1999)

 4 / 5
Tagline: You can't prepare for where the truth will take you.
Directed by: Joel Shumacher
Written by: Andrew Kevin Walker
Actors include: Nicholas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini
Genre: Thriller
Length: 123 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA/Germany

Ahhh the snuff film thriller, with...Nicolas Cage already that should be enough information for you to know if you are interested or not. I tend to find Cage's overacting and ridiculousness quite funny and I've always been intrigued by the idea of snuff films actually existing (no I've never seen one). In this one Cage is a private dick who is on a mission to find a girl who appears in some snuff video to prove if it's real or not (once an old man croaks and his wife finds the film). Amusingly Cage makes a porn store clerk friend (Joaquin Phoenix) who helps him on their dangerous trek to find out who made the tape. It's relatively exciting, particularly the climax where a skipping record is actually seriously freaky! It's better than you might think it is, but if you want to learn more about the existence of snuff films from this, you are barking up the wrong tree.

Availability:  On DVD

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