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8MM 1999

  • Joel Schumacher
  • February 25, 1999
  • 123 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Mystery, Thriller
You can't prepare for where the truth will take you.
A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, he relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town PI.


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Though jumbled, thin, and unreflective of any greater truth, 8MM is a fun and breakneck detective thriller with entertaining performances which elevate the sometimes illogical material. Why it was so harshly beaten by critics at the time, I still do not know.

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A very brutal subject is told in a rather brutal way: a hooker is being murdered to film a so called "snuff film" for the insanely rich Mr. Christian. PI Welles' is hired by Mrs. Christan after the dead of her husband to find out if the "snuff film" is real. I would have liked it if Joel Schumacher had made the film less brutal and more thrilling. But its still a good movie and one is bound to think about the abyss of the human nature.

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