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Overall Rating
2.56

Awesome: 7.22%
Worth A Look: 20.62%
Average: 16.49%
Pretty Bad31.96%
Total Crap: 23.71%

9 reviews, 43 user ratings



15 Minutes
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by Matt Mulcahey

"Don't waste your time with 15 Minutes"
2 stars

15 Minutes wants to be a message film. But it doesn't seem exactly sure what that message is, firing scattershot across a landscape of societal targets and connecting with none of them.

The targets are broad and easy, favorite cinematic punching bags like the media and lawyers, but 15 Minutes throws flailing roundhouses instead of precise jabs, making broad, general assumptions. Our legal system is in shambles, the media is wicked
and exploitative, American's are whores for fame and will do whatever evil bidding they must to thrust themselves into the spotlight.

All of these assumptions are, at best, debatable, and, at least, insulting and cliched.

The film stars Robert De Niro as a New York City cop who's become so famous he's on the cover of Time magazine. He teams up (improbably) with fame shunning arson investigator Edward Burns to track down two Eastern European nuts who have been videotaping their murders.

The film starts solidly, with De Niro and Burns sharing good chemistry and some well done action sequences, but the grandiose social commentary quickly spirals out of the control of writer/director/producer John Herzfeld (last seen ripping off Quentin Tarantino with Two Days in the Valley).

Herzfeld's biggest mistake lies in trying to do too much. He
attempts to juggle two love stories (neither of which is remotely effective), a buddy cop formula, a detective thriller and a social drama. Ambitious, but it all comes crashing down into a sea of predictability and plot contrivances.

Herzfeld also makes bad choices in music, mixing violin solos, rap and David Gray, and cinematography, with elegant New York scenery thrown together with the jumpy and distorted images representing the killer's point of view.

The acting is, for the most part, adequate (with the exception of Kelsey Grammer's profane tabloid TV reporter, who comes off like Frasier with Tourette's Syndrome). De Niro has his moments, but he's basically on cruise control through his surprisingly small part.

Edward Burns is the real star, and carries the film as far as he can. His ultra-serious characterization is a nice departure, lacking the sardonic deadpan all his past characters have possessed.

15 Minutes would like to be topical and relevant, but it's neither.

Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy explored America's obsession with fame in 1982, Sidney Lumet's Network was the definitive film on the evil's of television in 1976 and Norman Jewison's ...And Justice for All poked holes in our legal system in 1979.

These issues are as dated as the story is insulting, depicting all people as mindless robots who follow dumbstruck the lead of the all mighty media.

Intelligent people don't believe everything they see on TV or read in a newspaper. Intelligent people don't form their opinions of the world based on tabloid news and talk shows. Intelligent people won't like this movie.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell brutal & entertaing 4 stars
7/28/09 Dane Youssef While the themes aren't as radical as they once were, this is still one worth seeing. 4 stars
9/22/08 PAUL SHORTT A MEAN, UGLY EXPLOITATION FILM WITH SOPHOMORIC DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR 1 stars
4/06/07 brent gerald mejia sr. A good one-time-watch movie. 4 stars
3/06/07 Sambadi Atrociously stupid. An unbelievable piece of trash for conservative retards. 1 stars
1/28/07 action movie fan compelling and exciting--gusty guy film 2001,s best film 5 stars
8/30/05 ES This and city by the sea, not De Niro's best roles for sure 3 stars
2/21/05 Captain Craig For people who love sensless violence and weak storylines 3 stars
3/08/04 john bale Some slick action and two suitably nasty villains what more do you need ? 3 stars
3/08/04 Monster W. Kung "Energetic", "interesting". Yeah, right. Sommersby, you suck. 1 stars
6/13/03 Jim Looks like the usual buddy/chase movie, then goes in a different direction 5 stars
6/12/03 your worse goddamn nightmare this movie kicked ass! i loved those two european actors! 4 stars
5/29/03 Ben Critics and reviewers take things too seriously, you guys gotta relax. 4 stars
5/28/03 JoeSco eventful and Burns is good - Look out for Noelle Evans - Shue lookalike and how ! 3 stars
4/17/03 The Mule One of the worst movies I've seen in a long long time (and I've seen some real stinkers) 1 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Implausible but energetic, interesting stuff. DeNiro's best work since "Heat". 3 stars
3/12/03 Artist Freak Exactly, Chiendog. This movie stole twohours of my life and I want it back! 1 stars
1/23/03 Chiendog Hypocritical-Revels in the same senseless media violence it purports to condemn. 1 stars
1/17/03 Chiendog Uses violence as entertainment to condemn violence as entertainment. Give me a break! 1 stars
6/23/02 Dark Barøn Unfortunatly it represents very well today's tabloid media. 3 stars
6/18/02 7of9 Media will assimilate anything if it's bloody... 3 stars
6/05/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi kick butt!! 5 stars
5/16/02 Kent Between 2 & 3 stars - kept my attention, but nothing special. oh-hum. 3 stars
3/06/02 Monster W. Kung Awful! Must be DeNiro's worst to date. 1 stars
11/12/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) REALLY clever. Fuck all you people. 4 stars
9/04/01 seldom scene burns's character is unbelievable, good for a tv movie 3 stars
8/28/01 davd yeah, Vera was the highlite, the clear blue against all that blood 3 stars
8/23/01 TWODOGS Di Niro is back! 4 stars
8/21/01 Monday Morning Heavy handed but the media satire was way too unsubtle. 4 stars
7/06/01 SeStA it had flaws,but they made the film more interesting, you looked at it from diff angels 5 stars
6/12/01 Mina Oak This film makes to think about something beyond the camera, and the reason. 4 stars
6/06/01 Pierce Lanson Are Americans afreid to accept that this film might just tell it like it is? 5 stars
5/23/01 Archibld This is a great film if you don't like the media. 4 stars
5/21/01 dylan ugly, mean-spirited and totally vacuous as satire 1 stars
5/14/01 Vanessa Clunky, obvious, dated concept and a complete mess. 1 stars
4/08/01 Andrew Deikun Below Average, unoriginal 2 stars
4/03/01 Dave Great entertainment and something to dig the yanks about 5 stars
4/03/01 kohawk not too shabby. 4 stars
3/16/01 ike23 Our society is going to create more people with thismentality;it'ssomeone elsesfault I kill 4 stars
3/14/01 Ashley Morrison I liked this movie b/c of it's faults. It wasn't hard hitting, but it was fun. 4 stars
3/12/01 Megaflix This is one pathetic film, make sure you don't see this 1 stars
3/12/01 poetchuck Good entertainment some interesting surprises 4 stars
3/10/01 jon j Funny and clever with great performances by all 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  09-Mar-2001 (R)

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Australia
  24-May-2001 (M)




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