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Director Joel Schumacher is a man whose name is associated with one of the worst screenings in the history of the film, such as Batman Forever and Batman & Robin in 1997. Each of his films, as a rule, gives the impression of irrationality and depravity, but this film managed to outperform better than its predecessors and gives the viewer a good party, without too much transfer of blames.
The protagonist of the film is Tom Wales, a distinguished private detective who gets an engagement from Mrs. Kristian. In the safe of her late husband, she found a 8mm film with explicit scenes of rape and murder, and gives Tom the task of determining whether the movie is real or fake. Tom reveals the identity of the girl, traces lead him to the dark parts of Los Angeles where he finds Max's assistant and together they manage to find the suspected, popular pornographic magnet tab of films by Dino Velvet.
Andrew Kevin Walker, the man who wrote the scenario for the cult film Seven, brings us a tough, not really original drama that would be much better to focus more on the characterization of characters, and that the script was handed over to a better director who would have introduced little originality and innovation in the film. Dark tones solidly illustrate the theme and the action, but the impression is that the quality remained in that darkness. The character is characterized by poor characterization, because Tom's professional digger, in terms of human intimacy, creates a sense of justice as in a saint, while Max's assistant is completely inconsiderate and has remained somewhere between a detective assistant, an advisor, and an expert on pornography and comedic comrades. The project is abundant with cliches, borders with the final battle, and the impression is that the film takes too long, at least half an hour longer than it should be. Music is for every compliment.
The role of Tom Wales was taken by Nicolas Cage, who exclusively, thanks to his quality of acting, showed the totally empty role he received. The intensities of his emotions in certain scenes are brilliant and realistic, and it can be said that his performance saved the film. Max's assistant was charming by Joaquin Phoenix, whose role did not allow him to show his maximum and quality. Among the minor actors are the recently deceased James Gandolfini and always excellent Peter Stormareer.
"8mm" gives the impression that it could have been much better done, but this is not a bad movie like this. It has an excellent, dark atmosphere, the performance is great, but it has more cliches than it is expected. Recommendation for fans of the genre.