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15 Minutes
Review by Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

March 7, 2001 
 
"In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes," said Andy Warhol, back in 1967, and this action thriller follows a celebrated New York Homicide Detective (Robert De Niro) who teams up with an idealistic, young Fire Dept. Arson Investigator (Edward Burns) to track down a pair of Eastern European killers (Karel 
Roden, Oleg Taktarov). "I love America! No one is responsible for what they do," marvels the cunning Czech, while the Russian obsessively records their crime spree on video tape. Using their media attention to attain fame, they capture the attention of a glib tabloid news anchor (Kelsey Grammer) and wind up as his lurid "Top Story." 

While director/writer John Herzfeld ("2 Days in the Valley") "borrows" much of this concept from "Network," the plot has  the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Cinematographer Jean Yves Escoffier creates edgy suspense, particularly during the graphic arson scenes. Wearing a black wig, Charlize Theron does a cameo as the madam at an escort service, Melina Kankaredes ("Providence") is a reporter, and Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City") scores as a ruthless "If it bleeds, it leads" TV producer. Robert De Niro's role is so reminiscent of his previous performances that he seems to do it effortlessly, if superficially, while Edward Burns struggles to overcome the sheer blandness of the way his part is written. As the savvy sociopaths, Karel Roden and Oleg Taktarov steal the picture, leaving Kelsey Grammer as a slimy, one-dimensional villain. 

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "15 Minutes" is a gritty, satirical 6. If sensational fame is truly the American game, we're all losers.
 

 
 
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Thriller, Comedy 
Rated R
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Cast Credits etc...
Robert De Niro ....Eddie Flemming
JEdward Burns ....Jordy Warsaw
Vera Farmiga ....Daphne
Kelsey Grammer ....Robert Hawkins
Melina Kanakaredes ....Nicolette

Director
John Herzfeld

Produced by
David Blocker
John Herzfeld
Keith Addis 
Nick Wechsler 

Distributor
New Line Cinema

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. About the Author
. For more than 25 years Susan Granger has been an on-air television and radio commentator and entertainment critic. Susan has worked extensively doing speech and presentation coaching for top management and executives in several industries. Her articles have been published in many magazines including, Working Woman, Playboy, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and many more. .
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