8MM (1999)

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A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

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  • Nicolas Cage and Catherine Keener in 8MM (1999)
  • Nicolas Cage in 8MM (1999)
  • Nicolas Cage as Tom Welles
  • Tom Welles (Nicholas Cage) is a private investigator and family man living a simple life in Pennsylvania - until a reel of crudely shot eight millimeter film sends him down a sordid and terrifying path into society's darkest corners.
  • Director Joel Schumacher
  • Nicolas Cage in 8MM (1999)

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29 October 2004 | bealer
8
| A dark, graphic view into the underworld of pornography
Firstly, this film is hugely under-rated. For those reviewers who call this film a "waste of time" or place it in the "hall of shame", maybe they should go back to watching more obvious and simple films.

8mm focuses on "snuff" movies and follows Nicholas Cage as he ventures into the dark underworld of the pornographic industry. I'm not a great fan of Nicholas Cage (I still wonder how he ever made it as a movie star), but in 8mm felt he redeemed himself from past performances. Other actors in the film put on great performances, notably Joaquin Pheonix, and James Gandolfini (of Sopranos).

What makes the film worth watching though is the emotion, dark imagery and tense moments throughout the film. The storyline too is very well thought out although does have a few holes and untouched areas that may have helped develop the film further. There is no Hollywood ending, forced propaganda, or marketing. What you do get is graphic scenes, moderate violence, and an insight into "snuff" movies (which really is quite disturbing).

Having said that this movie is not for the faint hearted, so if you're a "puppy-dogs and ice-cream" kind of person I'd suggest watching something else. If however, you feel you will be able to stomach such a film then prepare yourself for a moving film, which will leave you feeling that little bit darker at the end.

I highly recommend this film. 8/10

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Trivia

The plot is extremely similar to that of Hardcore (1979) in which a man (George C. Scott) hires a private detective to track down his daughter after she runs away and he sees her in an 8mm porno movie. The plot is also very similar to a book called "The Cutting Room" by Louise Welsh, in which an estate auctioneer finds disturbing photos among a client's porno collection and endeavors to find out if the girl in the pictures was actually killed.


Quotes

Airport Announcer: Welcome to Miami. While in the airport, please observe Florida and local laws which prohibit any smoking in the terminal. Thank you for not smoking.


Goofs

When Tom is going through the cards of the missing people he takes Mary Ann Matthews card out of the North Carolina file. On the card it says that Mary Ann Matthews disappeared from her house in Fayetteville, NC. In the Film Mary lived with her mother in Cleveland, Ohio.


Alternate Versions

The film was heavily cut before release to gain an 'R' rating. Joel Schumacher's audio commentary on the DVD points out the multitude of MPAA cuts throughout the film. The cuts include:

  • Sex throughout the movie. For example, background sexual activity was trimmed under the "no more than two buttock-thrusts rule"
  • A lot of a conversation between Phoenix and Cage was removed because a bank of TV monitors in the background were showing hardcore pornography footage
  • Sequences in the underground sex club were trimmed to remove shots of enema porn (which were in fact real)
  • Machine's cutting of Phoenix's throat was edited.


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Come To Daddy
Written by Richard James
Performed by
Aphex Twin
Courtesy of Sire Records Group/Warp Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products

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