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A gunman ties up an actor and locks him in his dressing room just before a performance. He also puts a bomb with a 90-minute timer next to the actor. Then, he goes to a room above an LA plaza and draws a bead on the actor's lover, international arms dealer, Liberty Wallace. Calling himself "Joe," he calls her cell phone, demonstrates that a rifle is pointed at her, and tells her to cuff herself to a hot-dog cart nearby (the cuffs are there). Over the next 90 minutes, the story unfolds: as a result of his daughter's death, he wants a public debate on the Second Amendment. As Liberty begins to bond with Joe on the phone, he gets some truths from her - and his revenge. Written by
I was expecting a Wesley Snipes action film, and what I got was a Wesley Snipes ACTING film. This film is one of the best among a small cadre of films that actually takes on the gun lobby directly. Joe (Snipes) after losing his daughter to a students' shooting spree in a public school (a direct reference to Columbine), sets about to make an point of our misconceptions about the American birthright, the owning of guns for personal use. In taking hostage the gun manufacturer, Liberty Wallace (Linda Fiorentino), he causes her to reexamine her culpability in
supplying guns to America's youth and the vacuous way she lives her own life. Although I understand the comments on this site that misunderstand the
point of this film, I think they should rethink it. Obviously, they were expecting light action fare, and this film asks them to reexamine core values, not to buy candy and popcorn. One of the more intelligent films
for both of these underrated actors.
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