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Plot: When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and… Runtime: 120 min Release Date: 09 Mar 2001
I've been reading some of the previous comments, and to be frank, I don't see what the big deal is. The main objection here is that this movie actually does take on several themes, and at times the moods will shift altogether, but you never lose your interest in the film- yet how can you- with all the comedy, thrill, and action packed sequences; this sure is a winner in my opinion. It's also a movie where, and I don't see how anyone can deny this, the bad guys steal the show: two men wanting to make movies, who came to America to be rich and famous, perhaps even to leave a <more>
legacy. If you've seen the movie, then you know this, so why bother even going into the messages this movie is sending out? There are some serious aspects to it, and then there aren't, which is the same with all movies, but overall, this is an Action/Comedy/Drama Wow, that sounds weird which is the shortest title you can give it. I suggest this movie to everyone who is willing to watch an original story that gives you everything you could want in a film, perhaps not too recommended for a very serious crowd... If you can't deal with that, just leave it alone, because going against this movie is just plain pointless and you should get a new hobby. Seriously.... This movie ends on a fun note, and has something for everyone. Do yourself a favor and see it :
I'd like to convince everyone to see 15 Minutes! (by calm)
A really big push should be considered to better advertise this action packed, really good movie. I had no idea when I saw it, I'd be so well entertained and emotionally moved. Aside from a great cast, this movie is different and goes where most movies will not. Do yourself a favor and see 15 Minutes, you won't regret it. Non-stop action with an excellent story behind it and Robert De Niro too!
An artful, unique, and talented cast in a realistic American movie (by jellybananabelly)
Want reality of media? Want a top story? Want an arson detective partnered with a top dog detective? Want to see a wonderful cast, script, talented, and hot cast?Then take about 2 hours to watch Fifteen Minutes.A talented cast supports as the backbone for this original script. I usually don't watch this genre for enjoyment, rather for a thrill, suspense, and an edge-of-my-seat ride, and this embodies it all.SO basically, if you want to watch a real movie, not some Hollywood-influenced plotline, then watch this original.
One of the Best Commentaries I've Ever Seen (by Krog__)
This movie is a commentary. It is a commentary of fame, of the media, of America's justice system; and it's one of the best fictional film commentaries I've ever seen. Robert De Niro and Edward Burns star as a cop and a fireman, respectively, searching for two murderers played by Karel Roden and Oleg Taktarov. A few other great actors round out the cast of this medium-paced thriller/actioner with some depth of thought. At the very least it keeps you entertained until its cool ending.I would highly recommend this to anyone who's ever watched a newscast, ever seen someone get <more>
off on the insanity plea or ever wondered what goes on behind the curtain of the justice system. Just see it.
I haven't read the critic's reviews but I heard that they didn't love it...however I did. Furthermore, I don't like or always trust most critics. Anyway, back to the matter at heart."15 Minutes" is a graphic, often disturbing, roller-coaster ride of a film which basically depicts how sleazy the media can be. The acting is SUPERB and the characters are very believable. DeNiro gives an outstanding performance as a famous local cop who is obviously well respected and good at what he does. Ed Burns is the local fire marshall who also does a wonderful job of acting humble <more>
to DeNiro's somewhat flamboyant character. The men who play the killers are INCREDIBLE actors who play sociopaths at their finest. Kelsey Grammar does a wonderful job as the sleazeball journalist who will do anything for a good story. While I didn't like his character, I loved to hate him, which is always a good thing.There is a lot of graphic violence in this movie, which didn't bother me but may bother some. It is definitely not a movie for kids. The only problem I had with this film was it's cliched message. I mean, we already know that the media is sleazy, but what makes "15 Days" special is the way in which Grammar gets a hold of his sleazy footage. That, to me, was unique.If you're a DeNiro fan don't miss this one.
This film, is really a modern day action masterpiece, with drama & suspense, Shocks & thrills, showing other movie titles how to do it GOOD!. I was so much more satisfied with this movie than i thought i would be. I'd never heard of it until i saw it quite cheap in a DVD shop, and I'm glad i bought it, from what id then read of it, and also saw of it, i was expecting a cheap cops and robbers movie with cheesy 1 liners, but it was far from that! Edward Burns was born for the role, he looked brilliant playing the part, and DeNiro in 1 of his better recent roles. If you want to <more>
see a great action thriller of recent time, this is it, by the master Robert Deniro, forget his Horror Trips Godsend, HideNSeek try this!
Unconventional and unexpected; a great film that takes a strong, brave stand on American culture. ***1/2 out of four (by Movie-12)
FIFTEEN MINUTES / 2001 ***1/2 out of four By Blake French: "Fifteen Minutes" is a powerful, thought-provoking, and unexpected thriller about real life. It is a thematic movie that makes a strong, supported, and convincing stand on many current controversial issues, targeting and exposing the many weaknesses and absurdities of the American legal systems. The film also incorporates prospects dealing with greed, power, popularity, the public eye, influences of media, the power of television, and the desire of immigrants to achieve fame in America. This is not your typical Hollywood <more>
action flick; it is occupied with twists and unconventional surprises in which many producers would stay far away. "Fifteen Minutes" is a movie with guts and impact, and for the first time in a long time, the theater audience where I screened the film gave it a recognizable applause as the closing credits appeared. "Fifteen Minutes" is complete with big Hollywood names, like Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer, and even includes cameos from several distinguishable actors: Charlize Theron has a neat little appearance as a recruiter for hookers, and David Alan Grier shows up as a pedestrian causing trouble in New York City. But the movie actually centers on two Eastern European immigrants named Emil Slovak Karel Roden , and Oleg Razgul Oleg Taktarov . They have come to the United States looking for a man who owes them a large sum of money, but eventually discover opportunities for fame. They kill their debtors and capture the murders on a stolen home video camera. There is, of course, an illegal immigrant who witnessed the crime, Daphne Vera Farmiga , who is now wary and on the run. Enter homicide detective Eddie Flemming De Niro , a local celebrity, and arson investigator Jordy Warsaw Burns , who could not care less about the media. They form a team to undercover what appears to be a fatal fire accident, but soon discover the scene was the location of a brutal murder. Enter a subplot where a veteran detective informs a novice of the same sort new ways to explore his profession. The story then takes an unexpected turn of events where the criminal's intentions explode into sadistic atrocity: Oleg and Emil plan to sell the video of their murders to a TV network anchor Kelsey Grammer for a million dollars. They intend to beat the charges with an insanity plea, also stating that they were abused as children. Why would the two immigrants want to do such a thing? To achieve fame-even if it is of a notorious nature. We wait patiently for the story to take off with the setup, but it stays with two separate narratives for quite sometime. When the narratives do cross its obvious this is not your typical, run-of-the-mill action picture, but an insightful picture that says something about, among many other concepts, the power and influence of the media. The madman fascinated with video taping is "yesterday's news" already seen in 1999's "American Beauty." It does not have the same impact in this film, however, mostly because here it is more of a sadistic obsession never truly understood, rather than the passion and exploration in the multiple Academy Award winner. It is fun watching the incidences photographed with the home video camera; there are some cool special effects that add a nice touch to the scenes. Robert De Niro gives another suave hotshot performance; it is coming to the point where his talent is more effective in shtick comedies like "Analyzed This." Regardless, the veteran actor grabs us by the collar and yanks with no regrets and a thought-provoking, determined attitude. The screenplay provides his character with an effective soft side through a romance with his girlfriend. Edward Burns "Saving Private Ryan" is never really bad in a movie, but his personality feels too resigned and modest to be in these violent dramas. He has a few understood moments, and often his performance fits his character accordingly, but a braver, more aggressive actor may have fit the part better. Surprisingly, the best performances in "Fifteen Minutes" come from the villains, Oleg Taktarov and Karel Roden. Both are very clever in their roles, which are also exceedingly well written: when the two encounter a visit with a local prostitute, the scene does not result in mechanical sex, but in violent misunderstanding that furthers the complications of the plot. Both actors are convincing and unpredictable. Many early critics have complained about the film's implausibility, but Taktarov and Roden portray their characters with such mean-spirited brutality and complex emotions, I believed every step they took. John Herzfeld is the film's director. His last project, "2 Days in the Valley," was quite a bit different from "Fifteen Minutes." There are certain aspects of his filmmaking style that carry over, but for the most part this film stands on its own from his previous achievements. Herzfeld constructs "Fifteen Minutes" with complexity and thought. It is a brave, courageous movie, deserving of controversy but will likely pass as a theme-orientated action picture. I think most audiences will appreciate the production for what it is and how it informs us on such distressing issues. When we walk out of the theater, we get a sense that we trust in our government's legal system even less than we did before watching the movie.
The following review for the film `15 Minutes' will probably take you around that same time to read it. Wait! Come back! I was joking! This film is another flick that satirizes the media's influence in depicting real life crimes as sensationalistic newsgathering for the general public. We have seen this before in films such as `Natural Born Killers.' Critics have ridiculed `15 Minutes' because they say that the film actually demonstrates the same exact thing that it tries to satirize. It does this by showing gory murder -type violence and utilizing famous stars in small cameo <more>
roles. Even though I do have to agree with this concept that my colleagues don't I wish have criticized, I should say to them to `just wait one minute, or fifteen for that matter' and do not take it so seriously. Why? Because the film does entertain. I think that critics should just leave it at. By the way, the film is about a homicide detective and an arson investigator who hunt down some eastern european psychos who film their crimes on video. Robert Deniro, who plays the homicide detective, is more low key in this one; and Eddie Burns cinematic presence adds fuel to the fire as the arson investigator. I really do have to say that I enjoyed mostly every minute in `15 Minutes' even though most critics don't second my opinion.**** Good
Very exciting but unbelievable and sadistic (by preppy-3)
Two foreigners one Russian, the other Czech go to America and decide to get rich by videotaping themselves murdering people, sell it to a sleazy TV tabloid host wonderfully played by Kelsey Garmmer , get off by pleading insanity and then sell their story to the highest bidder. Obviously, the plot is ridiculous. Also it decries violence but shoves scenes of extreme blood and violence in our face--one sadistic sequences shows a topless hooker being beaten and stabbed the death. Also we get more than a few shots of her nude, bloody body afterwords. Yet, if you ignore the loopholes and there <more>
are many in the plot and brace yourself for the violence, the film works. It's virtually nonstop action, violence, noise going at you full blast. The acting--well, who cares? This movie is not an acting movie. DeNiro walks through his role as a celebrity cop and Edward Burns looks very handsome but utterly miserable all through the film. Also the two psychos tend to overdo it too much. And the constant switching between video and film stock gets tiresome real quick. But if it's a loud, noisy, stupid, fun in a way action film you're looking for...this is it!