by Gary Johnson
For its first hour and 15 minutes, Eight Millimeter is an efficient, edgy thriller. Thankfully it's also the kind of movie where the filmmakers don't mistake nonsensical plot twists for suspense. Many filmmakers working in the thriller genre aren't satisfied until they've pulled four or five fake endings, where the killer keeps lurching back to life. But Eight Millimeter sets up its situation in relatively simple fashion: Nicolas Cage stars as a private detective named Tom Welles who is hired by a wealthy widow to investigate the contents of an 8mm film found in her late husband's private vault. The film appears to depict the murder of a young woman. Is the film real? "All I want is to know this atrocity is fake … I want the proof," she says.
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