Eight Millimeter

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

This abomination pushed on the public under the guise of entertainment begins with Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage), an ambitious surveillance expert, being summoned to the mansion of a millionaires elderly widow. Since her husbands death Mrs. Christian (Myra Carter) has discovered an 8 mm film locked in his personal safe. It is what is called a snuff film, where someone is brutally murdered while the camera rolls. Mrs. Christian wants Tom to find out if the victim, a young girl, is really dead. First, Tom must identify the girl, an extremely tedious task that takes him several weeks and from Pennsylvania to Ohio to North Carolina. He then travels to Hollywood and enters the creepy, sleazy world of porn film making. With the help of Max (Joaquin Phoenix), a clerk in an adult book store, Tom delves deeper and deeper into evil that will forever change his life. The movie becomes more violent as unspeakable crimes consume the screen. Only misguided, warped minds will find EIGHT MILLIMETER entertaining.

Max warns Tom that in his investigation into the violent world of pornography he will see things he will never be able to unsee. The porn movie producers prey on young girls hoping to make it big in Hollywood. Very few of the young victims are actually killed on screen, but they are forced to perform degrading sex acts, suffer painful slaps and mistreatment. Breast nudity abounds, with one brief full female frontal nudity on the screen set. Brief flashes of the film Tom is researching show the victim being cut with sharp knives. But later he and Max end up victims as well. Horrible bloody tortures, brutal kickings and beatings are too frequent to enumerate. Filthy obscenities include 67 f words and 11 s words. The horror witnessed first hand almost destroys the family Tom dearly loves. The danger of EIGHT MILLIMETER is that it could titillate some viewers to experiment with a very scary subject. Avoid this gory, gratuitous violence, filthy, pornographic movie. You may not be able to unsee it either.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232]

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (12) timesMild 3, Moderate 9

Obscene Language: Many (88) times (f word 67, s word 11, other 10)

Profanity: Several (5) timesRegular 4 (GD 2, J1, C1), Exclamatory 1 (OMG)

Violence: Continuous (filmed torture of victims with cutting, strangling, slashing; brutal beatings and kicks to stomach, stabbings; man thrown out of window)

Sex: Few times (couple performing unnatural sex, married couple in bed under covers, but no nudity in either)

Nudity: Many times (topless dancers in strip joints, actresses with bared breasts, rear male and female nudity; porn photos; full female frontal nudity once; Near Nudity: Many times (scantily dressed women)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (suggestive caressing, crude references to male and female genitals

Drugs: Few times (drinking and smoking)

Other: None

Running Time: 123 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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