Action movies have been almost non-existent in the past few years, and especially in 2001. I mean, when was the last movie that featured several intense action scenes while intermixed with a good plot? Maybe it was The Matrix.
15 Minutes has two cops (Robert DeNiro and Edward Burns) pursuing two nearly-psychotic foreign killers that videotape their crimes. As for the action movie that I was talking about earlier, this isn't it, but 15 Minutes is one of the smarter movies I have seen in a while, raising some good questions while presenting an intense story.
From beginning to end, 15 Minutes is suspenseful, not necessarily for its action scenes but just for the way that everything plays out. You don't know what is going to happen next. And at one point in particular, what you think is going to happen doesn't happen, and it changes the entire outlook of the film.
What I really like about 15 Minutes is that it is more realistic than most action films, and it criticizes the realism at the same time. Things happen that don't happen in most movies, and 15 Minutes does a good job of criticizing the media, and the legal system. The two killers are videotaping their crimes and they sell their footage to the media; it isn't that far from the truth when the media (mainly in the form of Kelsey Grammer) broadcasts a murder without censoring the violence, but it does beep out the swear words.
The ending could have been a little better, for suspense purposes and otherwise. It was more predictable than the rest of the movie and not the best of climaxes, but was still moderately exciting.
15 Minutes is a smarter action movie than most, and a nice breath of fresh air in the stink that is making up the year of 2001.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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