S.F.W. (1994) Rated R

A teenager becomes a celebrity after he is taken hostage by terrorists and his indifference to their threats makes the headlines. Starring Stephen Dorff, Reese Witherspoon, and Jake Busey.

This film is an interesting take on hostage situations and the media following them. While the story is actually interesting, it does struggle with what genre it is. It’s a combination of comedy and drama; what it lacks is the thriller aspect of the story. It’s slow-paced, mainly trying to make the film a character-driven story. The theme of the story is what carries the film: from the outside looking in, we see the way media makes celebrities and how Cliff Spab responds to both the hostage situation and the media frenzy afterwards. The performances of Dorff and Witherspoon encourages the theme, making the story more interesting. Although, I am disappointed in the ending; it left an anticlimax that’s not worth watching. It’s a film not worth a watch.

 

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