Phone Booth Speed The Siege

  |  Buy to Own: 06/09/2004
  |  302 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A triple bill of nail-bitingly tense action thrillers. In 'Phone Booth' (2003), philandering publicist Stuart Sheppard (Colin Farrell) inadvertently puts his life on the line when he answers a ringing public phone on a New York street. A voice on the other end of the phone tells him that if he hangs up he will be shot on the spot, and although Stu first thinks the caller is joking, the red dot of a laser-sighted rifle convinces him otherwise. Soon the moralistic caller has Stu confessing all his sins in a desperate bid to save his life. In 'The Siege' (1998), FBI/NYPD anti-terrorist officer 'Hub' Hubbard (Denzel Washington) is called into investigate when a Brooklyn bus is bombed. The perpetrators are demanding the release of Sheik Ahmed Ben Talal, who has been kidnapped by US General William Devereaux (Bruce Willis). Hub focuses his initial search on Brooklyn's Arab community, but is shadowed by CIA operative Elise Kraft (Annette Bening), whose contact in Palestine intimates that the real problem lies elsewhere. Before Hub or Kraft can act, however, the FBI headquarters are also bombed, and Deveraux imposes a state of martial law. In 'Speed' (1994), Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), an LAPD cop on SWAT detail, has a fearless nature and a keen understanding of the criminal mind - but he is also has a reckless streak. Together with partner Harry (Jeff Daniels), they rescue a dozen hostages from a booby-trapped elevator rigged by a psychotic ex-cop (Dennis Hopper). With his plans foiled by Jack, the bomber makes alternative arrangements - rigging a city bus to explode if the speedometer drops below 50 mph. It's then up to Jack to save the passengers, including feisty Annie (Sandra Bullock), the passenger who is forced to take the driving wheel after the driver is shot.