Year of Release: 1999
Director: Joel Schumacher
Approx. Running Time: 123 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"DEVASTATING! THOUGHT-PROVOKING! MIND-BLOWING!"
-Lynn Blader, AP-TV
Academy Award-winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995) stars with Joaquin Phoenix and Catherine Keener in an electrifying thriller from the writer of Se7en. Directed by Joel Schumacher (The Client, , ), this dramatic story follow one man's obsessive search for the truth about a six-year-old crime - and his ultimate discovery of the truth about himself.
A private investigator is hired to solve a potential murder when an 8mm tape of the crime - a pornographic "snuff" film - is discovered in the safe of a wealthy widow's husband.
In his quest to discover if the film is real, the investigator goes deep into the underground and seedy world of pornography, ultimately putting his own life at risk.
This is an entertaining (if a little dark) flick starring two of my favorite actors. A little surprising to find Joaquin Phoenix providng some of the movie's comic relief as the blue-haired porn store clerk "Max California."
Rated R (MPAA)