8MM (1999)

8MM (1999)
  • Time: 123 min
  • Genre: Crime | Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: Joel Schumacher
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini


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.


  • Overall the movie is quite well done. “8mm” is a great dark picture with good characters. However, I found that some scenes at the start of the movie were somewhat weak. It reminds me a bit of “Seven”, altough that was still a better movie. A film you’ll love or you’ll hate. Don’t go and see this if you want a comfortable evening out, and certainly don’t go and see it if you’re looking for a date film :).

  • If you are planning on seeing 8MM, I will first say, it is not a happy movie. This movie is very dark and ominous in nature. I’m not the kind of guy that only watches dark, somber movies – If a person is stuck to only that genre they might end up being creepy and depressed themselves. I like variety, though. In 8MM, Nicholas Cage plays Tom Wells, a detective who is hired by a rich elderly woman to investigate a film she found in her dead husband’s safe that depicts what apears to be a pornography bit but ends with the girl being murdered. As Mr. Wells goes deeper into his case, he gets the assistance of Max California, an employee at an adult book store who turns out to be smarter than he appears. Tom ends up going in over his head and delves deep into the dark underworld of pornography. This movie has an excellent soundtrack that conveys the creepy sense even further. There are a few good comic relief scenes, which in a movie like this are usually welcomed. This film has some good twists, and is very interesting. The actors do a good job in this film, especially Nicholas Cage. Go see 8MM if you are in the mood for an interesting thriller with some twists and a dash of comedy.

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