Forrest Smith's simplistic script, in the hands of first-time director Paul Abascal (producer Mel Gibson's former hairdresser), has Laramie orchestrating the deaths of each member of the culpable paparazzi crew and setting up a final showdown with lead paparazzo Rex Harper (Tim Sizemore, who's never been nastier).
Abascal shoots the film with a relentlessness that gives the action sequences a calculated effectiveness. And the movie is filled with celebrity cameos and stunt casting. But this clunky revenge thriller seems to have a target audience of Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn and Arnold Schwarzenegger--and that group could prove to be too miniscule to generate many ticket sales for this late-summer release. Starring Cole Hauser, Robin Tunney, Dennis Farina and Tom Sizemore. Directed by Paul Abascal. Written by Forrest Smith. Produced by Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson and Stephen McEveety. A Fox release. Drama/Thriller. Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences, sexual content and language. Running time: 84 min