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A movie directed by Joel Schumacher

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An exceedingly dark and mind boggling Neo-Noir...

  • Dec 8, 2009
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You know mystery films are a dime a dozen these days almost everyone is trying to make the new L.A. Confidential but none of them seem to come even close to capturing the true feel and grittiness of that film or any other crime drama/mystery. But I'm happy to say that 8MM does that, while not as great or well plotted as L.A. Confidential it does bring a certain flare and undeniable draw to it. Because once your in there's no way out till the end.

8MM is something of an extreme rarity among films, it delves into the dark and cruel underworld of porn which few films have the real true guts to exploit or even show on screen(most of the time it's just mentioned more than shown.) But it's a real film, with a real story and real character's. It's not a overly hyped sex thriller that just use it's audacious sex scenes to cover up the foul-up's in it's plot and story. No. It uses the sex scenes as the main focal point that drives the story that makes it hard to stomach or even watch but it doesn't sugar coat the porn industry it brings it front and center and shows it for the sleazes bag industry it is. It's a very mysterious and highly watchable film(if you can stomach it.) Joel Schumacher finally makes a movie that I can enjoy and revel in as a mystery. 8MM is dark, foreboding, sadistic, smart, mysterious, highly enjoyable and most of all Ingenious.

Nicholas Cage(who turns in a very good performance here.) Plays a P.I. hired by a recently widowed old lady to find out if a snuff film in her possession is real or fake. Nick Cage does great in this and makes his role as a P.I. and a new father very believable and makes it easier to sympathize with him a he travels down the dark path of sex and violence.
Joaquin Phoenix(another class act in this.) Does good, but not as good as Cage. His character is very east to forget and is somewhat of a throwaway if it wasn't for his importance to the film' story I would have gotten ride of his character. But none the less Phoenix does very well here. All in all the cast holds up very nicely in this film and makes this a must see.

8MM is not for everyone. It's brutal portrayal of sex and violence is hard to stomach if you can't handle it. I don't recommended it to everyone but if you do see it try and keep an open mind and not to dismiss it at first glance, truly is a great mystery film that is not to be cherished but respected for it's ballsy story and it's good performances. But none the less this isn't a great film, but it is good and probably one of Nick Cage's best. All in all 8MM is a film you want to watch.
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review by . February 07, 2000
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Pros: DECENT ACTING     Cons: NASTY LOOK INTO PORN     Cage's portrayal of a private eye, hired by the rich old widow in town, searching for a girl shown in a 'snuff' film was very disturbing. Cage is one of those actors that gives a gritty edge to his characters .... sometimes he is a nice guy sometimes he isn't but he is always edgy.       His interaction with Max California, played by Joaquin Phoenix, made for a good story line ... Max …
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Nicholas Cage plays Tom Welles, a straight-laced surveillance specialist. His innocent, naive world begins to unravel when he is hired by the widow of an industrialist to investigate what she has shockingly discovered in her late husband's safe. It appears to be a snuff film of a young girl being murdered. In order to discover the truth, he must enter the city's seedy underworld, guided by porn-store clerk Max California (Joaquim Phoenix, LADDER 49).
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Director: Joel Schumacher
Release Date: 1998
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (September 16, 2008)
Runtime: 2hr 3min
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