15 Minutes

Jonathan Yu's 18th movie of the year

A famous homicide detective (Robert DeNiro) and a fire marshal (Edward Burns) team up to solve a serial killer case. 15 minutes shorter is what this movie should have been. Falling prey to the same bad habit that The Mexican had of overemphasizing the theme of the movie – in this case, fame (duh) – 15 Minutes just doesn't know where to end in its crusade to tell people that "fame is bad." Part slasher, part satire, with the satire part relatively more entertaining, 15 Minutes is nothing more than Se7en with less original social commentary…and Czechs. Yeah, America likes to watch. Just not this movie. • C-

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