15 Minutes (Infinifilm Edition)
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Robert DeNiro (Meet The Parents, Analyse This) and Ed Burns (Any Given Sunday, Saving Private Ryan) star as two detectives on the trail of two killers who videotape their crimes.
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It has an english 5.1 DTS HD-MA track (and also 5.1 English and French dolby tracks; no subtitles).
On the back of the box it says that it's 1080i. It's also MPEG4 and has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1
There are no special features.
I enjoyed the movie. A LITTLE on the absurd side, but I still thought it was enjoyable all around. It was a little strange to see Kelsey Grammer outside of his Frasier role, but I still enjoyed his performance in this movie.
Video quality was pretty good; some scenes looked a little dull, although the majority of the movie looked really well done.
Audio was pretty good too.
I'd recommend this release.
This movie is very bloody--to the exent that some people wil not want to watch it. If you have a weak stomach turn it off. However, that can be points in its favor. I was particualrly happy in the scene with the blond prostitute. She was the sort of character that only enters the scene to get killed by the bad guys, but she actually fights back. The scene is bloody and everything, but she didn't just lie there and wait for them to finish her off like so many other horror film women.
The best thing about this film is that every single second is dedicated to forwarding the plot. There is no extraneous speeches to forward the theme or create the characters--it is very nice to have a film that doesn't assume that we are stupid. There is some very good dramatic tension and some wonderful twists as characters are tested and changed. That being said this isn't an Oscar film. It is a popcorn film, a fairly straight forward action film. It is, however, refreshingly, an action film that lets you think.
We all know that the media has little conscience in its attempts to one up each other, to get the "big story" first; to spread lies and rumors. In this movie, a petty thief who attempts to rob one of the characters is suddenly a hero because the arson investigator handcuffed him to a tree and forgot about him. The "victim" was assaulted by a bag lady and pissed on by a dog, and now he's a hero in the light of the media. Everything that's done is done to manage the impression of what the world thinks of us.
This message is brought home in expert fashion in John Herzfeld's compelling 15 MINUTES.
Robert DeNiro plays a homicide detective who has used the media to its best advantage, and he knows it; Edward Burns is an idealistic young arson investigator who joins in on the investigation of the brutal murder of an immigrant couple; Kelsey Grammer is the acerbic and selfish newscaster; Melina Kanakaredes is the love of DeNiro's life, a news journalist who fears for DeNiro's safety.Read more ›
The dichotomy plagues the work further: there is terrific imagery, some great acting, some terrific writing; there's also lots of very typical Hollywood run-of-the-mill work. De Niro, as one of the two protagonists, is superb until the writers feel it necessarly to give him a girlfriend. The other protagonist, played by Edward Burns, is the stereotypical young hothead, who in spite of being an ace fire inspector, can't control himself around other people. I must admit that the two villains are both terrific, in terms of both writing and acting; but a bit of clowning at the end really destroyed the effect of the final scene for me.
If you do decide to see the movie--and in spite of my negative comments, the positive aspects of the film (especially the scene with De Niro and the two villians) make it worth viewing, be sure to stay tuned after the credits begin--Kelsey Grammer has a final bit that begins a minute or so into the credits.
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LOVE Deniro, good production vales no doubt, 2 lead actors don't seem to have natural chemistry though.Published on June 9 2010 by Harold K. Errington
This movie is better than what I had expected. Featuring Robert DeNiro (although he played a relatively small part in the movie), it is a Hollywood self-reflection on the... Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Hung Cheuk Man, Lawrence
Right off the bat, I must say that the only reason I first checked out 15 Minutes at all, was because of Robert De Niro. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003 by T. Lobascio
15 minutes is all it will take for the watcher to realize that this movie is something special. The premise of this movie is different from any other Cop/Crime drama that I have... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by K-Man
This movie was awful. De Niro is a media savy cop, who, with the help of an arson investigator (played by Ed Burns), is hunting down a couple of Eastern European criminals. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003 by Missy
While the premise of '15 Minutes' sounds interesting, that is all the inspiration the film makers could muster for this ultimately predictable cop (melo)drama. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2003 by Nearly Nubile
15 MINUTES is a disturbing look at the delicate balancing act that the media has to face in deciding how much to show of disgusting and psychopathic behavior in its pursuit of high... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by Martin Asiner
I just recently saw this on DVD and I have to say I think "15 Minutes," is the most underrated, and deliberately ignored movie I've seen in a number of years. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by Charles Casillo