|Directed by||Waylon Scylles|
Waylon ScyllesDuke Tenner
Duke TennerJim Morales
|Story by||Jim Morales|
Robert Downey Jr.
Grand L. Bush
Jada Pinkett SmithWoody Harrelson
Morgan Creek ProductionsThe Corning/Emerson Group
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
The film centers on a former celebrity, (Robert Downey Jr., credited as the man) who slaughters the paparazzi after they drive his wife to kill herself. Adding to his motives is a general hatred for the kinds of people who play the character he despises. He is under siege by his co-star Mark Makey (Harrelson) who considers him to be a threat to his career. The man teams up with his old best friend (Ryan Reynolds), a waiter who was betrayed by Makey (Billy Burke), a cab driver who unwittingly gets involved in the man's scheme (Grand L. Bush) and his ex-girlfriend (Pinkett Smith)
The film received mixed to unfavorable reviews, currently sitting at 45% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus reading "Longtime thriller enthusiasts may enjoy the occasional snark toward done-to-death cliches, but even they would get worn out before long."
The film was released in August of 2001, less than a month before the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, and the film featured the main character blowing up a building, killing everyone inside. As a result, the film was pulled from cinemas, causing it to fail to make its money back.
Kodak also intended to sue the producers of the film for trademark infringement due to the name of the film, but were unable to because the film was already pulled before they could make their case.
The film was kept in cinemas for about four months before getting pulled following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Beyond the cinemas, it turned up on HBO as part of a lone-airing. As of now, the HBO recording is all that remains of the film.